Pestle and Mortar Exfoliate Glycolic Acid



180ml, 80ml


Skin Type:

Combination, Dry, Normal, Oily

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Pestle and Mortar Exfoliate Glycolic Acid is an exfoliating toner. It combines Glycolic Acid with Willow Bark Extract (BHA) and Niacinamide to clear, refine and brighten the complexion.

This transformative toner uses scientifically proven actives to remove dead skin cells, clear congestion, improve the look of enlarged pores and reduce discolourations. Additionally, rough texture and dryness are improved.

This toner will give you clearer and more hydrated skin. Now you can finally have a complexion that looks glowing and rejuvenated.

Why Pestle and Mortar Exfoliate

Pestle & Mortar Exfoliate uses Glycolic Acid, a gold-standard ingredient in skin care. Glycolic Acid has been scientifically shown to have anti-acne and anti-ageing benefits.

Due to its small molecule size, Glycolic Acid is able to penetrate the viable dermis and stimulate collagen and elastin in the deeper layers so that skin appears firmer and fine lines softened. But its ability to do this is dependent on the free acid value and the pH of the formulation.

Willow Bark Extract gets converted into BHA in the skin and is able to penetrate the pores where it helps to clear them of sebum and dead skin cells.

Free acid value and pH

Skin acids need to be able to pass through the skin’s surface oils to work. The free acid value tells you how much of the skin acid can penetrate and is free to work in the skin.

This toner has a free acid value of 6.8% and a pH of 3.8. These two factors together determine the effectiveness of AHA products and their irritancy. Pestle & Mortar has formulated these to be at optimal levels to deliver results, while minimising any potential irritation.

We like that Pestle & Mortar declares these levels, whereas most brands don’t.

The Pestle & Mortar Exfoliate Glycolic Acid Toner has been blended with White Daisy Extract, Green Tea, Aloe Vera and Allantoin to soothe, calm and protect the skin. You’ll also find Niacinamide, which is a multitasking powerhouse ingredient. It’s able to strengthen the skin barrier, help regulate sebum, disrupt the transfer of melanin and improve signs of ageing, and more.


  • Removes dead skin cells.
  • Improves texture and refines the skin.
  • Brightens the complexion.
  • Helps clear clogged pores.
  • Reduces enlarged pores.
  • Improves look of uneven tone, pigmentation and sun damage.
  • Stimulates collagen and elastin production for a more toned and uplifted look.
  • Hydrates the skin.

Perfect Pairs

Reveal a more radiant and youthful-looking skin with the Pestle & Mortar Exfoliate Glycolic Acid Toner. Pair with the Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinoid Night Oil for exceptional results. This is an advanced retinoid that doesn’t cause the irritation that comes with the use of Retinol.

Best for

Best for acne, combination, dry, normal and oily skin types. If you have sensitive skin, we recommend the Pestle & Mortar NMF Lactic Acid Toner. or the Medik8 Press and Glow.

Good to know

Pestle & Mortar creates clean and conscious skin care products that are powered by science. The brand  believes in simple solutions for beautiful skin.

Free from parabens, fragrance and propylene glycol.

Not tested on animals. Suitable for vegans.

Pestle and Mortar Exfoliate Review

Phenomenal product. This toner has made the single biggest difference to my skin ever!  I’ve had friends complement how healthy and glowy my skin looks, and after using this product for the past few weeks, I find myself wearing little to no makeup. Thank you for creating such a game changer!



How to use

Dispense onto a cotton pad and sweep over cleansed face and neck, avoiding the eye area.

Can be used in the morning or evening. Limit use to no more than once a day.

Apply 2-3 times a week.

Do not apply if skin is irritated or abraded.

Using a skin acid can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Ensure you apply a broad-spectrum high SPF every day and limit sun exposure.

Store in a cool, dry place away from direct light.


Active Ingredients

Glycolic Acid, Niacinamide, White Daisy Extract, Allantoin, Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Willow Bark Extract.


Aqua, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Sodium Hydroxide, Niacinamide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Bellis Perennis (White Daisy) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

Free from parabens, fragrance and propylene glycol.

Not tested on animals. Suitable for vegans.