Super Smooth AHA + BHA Resurfacing Serum

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A gentle AHA & BHA blend for sensitive-skin friendly exfoliation, enhanced with peptide technology and skin-soothing ingredients for a smoother, radiant complexion.

Key benefits

Smooths skin texture, gently exfoliates, unclogs pores

Key ingredients

Lactic acid, glycolic acid, tartaric acid, salicylic acid, Perfection Peptide P3

1.0 fl oz / 30 ml

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OBSESSIVELY FORMULATED

Super Smooth redefines chemical exfoliation for sensitive skin, resulting in improved texture, tone, and radiance over time.

The secret lies in a combination of skin smoothing peptide technology (Perfection Peptide P3) to loosen dead skin cells and a gentle blend of AHAs ( lactic, glycolic, and tartaric acids) and BHA (salicylic acid) to then slough them off.

Our resurfacing serum is further enhanced with an assortment of good-for-skin ingredients (argan oil, grape seed, hyaluronic acid, white tea, resveratrol, and aloe) to minimize irritation and comfort skin.

Gives dull, rough skin a bright, smooth texture with less visible pores
  • Skin-smoothing Perfection Peptide P3 loosens dead skin cells
  • An alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid blend then gently exfoliate for smoother skin
  • Exfoliating acids reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, pores, and acne

Hydrating formula that’s gentle enough for even the most fragile skin types
  • Argan oil and hyaluronic acid deeply moisturize to maintain optimal hydration levels
  • Antioxidants resveratrol, grape seed oil, and white tea extract protect the skin from environmental stressors
  • A botanical blend further soothes and calms the skin, reducing irritation and redness

For AM and/or PM. Apply a thin layer of serum to the face, neck, and chest. Massage product in until it is fully absorbed. Follow with a gentle moisturizer to lock in the serum (AM & PM) and an SPF to block UV-damage (AM).

Start slow – use 2-3x a week, slowly ramping up to daily use and layering as tolerated.

Layer your products from thinnest to thickest in texture, waiting a full minute between each product.

Key Ingredients

Gentle AHA & BHA blend: Lactic acid, glycolic acid, tartaric acid, salicylic acid
Perfection Peptide P3 (Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate): loosens dead skin cells and makes them less “sticky”



Supporting Ingredients

Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract


All Maelove products are safe for sensitive skin, made in the US, vegan, cruelty-free, non-comedogenic, gluten-free, and free of parabens, phthalates, dyes, and artificial fragrances. We don't use ingredients that are banned in the EU or in the USA.


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4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 289 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 256 Total 4 star reviews: 21 Total 3 star reviews: 6 Total 2 star reviews: 2 Total 1 star reviews: 4
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289 reviews
  • VB
    Valerie B.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Dryness, Normal, Fine lines and wrinkles
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Normal
    Product Standouts Easy To Use, Gentle, Great Ingredients, Dramatic Results
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    5 days ago
    I highly recommend all Maelove products, and this “Super Smooth “ has been wonderful!

    I love the Super Smooth! This serum is gentle, yet effective. I trust Maelove, and have been with them

    From the beginning.

  • KE
    Kathy E.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Fine lines and wrinkles
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Normal
    Product Standouts Great texture, Dramatic Results, Easy To Use, Unique, Gentle
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 week ago
    Awsome product

    It does what it says. My skin is so smooth.

  • KM
    Kay M.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Fine lines and wrinkles, Sun Damage
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Great texture, Dramatic Results, Easy To Use, Gentle, Great Ingredients
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 weeks ago
    Incredible Skin Improvement

    Thank you Maelove!

    I love the Super Smooth serum! I have been using the product for 2 months and my skin has never looked so smooth due to the disappearing lines and wrinkles!! The added glow to my skin is a bonus. I will never be without Super Smooth in my skin care routine!

  • RC
    Rakela C.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Sun Damage, Dark spots, Acne and blemishes, Fine lines and wrinkles
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Dramatic Results, Easy To Use, Great Ingredients
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    May be my favorite Maelove product

    I use this once a day every day. It really improves my skin texture, making it less bumpy. I don’t find it irritating at all. I would miss this serum the most if it were ever discontinued. (Please keep it available for ever).

  • VP
    Vivian P.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Fine lines and wrinkles
    What is your skin type? Normal
    Product Standouts Great texture, Gentle, Great Ingredients, Easy To Use
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Super Smooth AHA+BHA Resurfacing Serum

    It is a great product that is easy to use with visible results.

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For the Curious

Skin renewal and natural exfoliation can weaken for many reasons. For example, those who struggle with acne or dry skin have less natural exfoliation and often benefit from hydroxy acids. However, at some point, everyone will experience the weakening of these natural processes in the course of aging.

In young adults, the top epidermal layer of the skin entirely renews itself every 28 days, while this process takes 40 to 60 days in more mature skin. This means dead skin cells accumulate longer on the surface of older skin making the skin look rough and scaly, the pores look enlarged, and the complexion look dull (Rodan et al. 2016). Regular removal of dead skin smooths out skin and evens out skin tone while encouraging quicker renewal of the epidermis by the deeper underlying skin cells - helping to mimic the process in younger skin (Kornhauser et al. 2010).

This weakening of natural exfoliation with age is in part because the cohesion between dead skin cells increases in older adults. Perfection Peptide P3 (Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate) has been engineered to disrupt the binding between dead skin cells to make them less “sticky.” It does so by mimicking the cell adhesion recognition (CAR) site and competing with it. Tested in a placebo-controlled human study, application of these peptides led to smoother skin and decreased epidermal renewal times to values similar to young skin (Schmid et al. 2006). Combining these peptides and a blend of lower concentration hydroxy acids in one serum allow for the gentle and yet highly effective exfoliation to occur.

AHAs are water soluble hydroxy acids that exfoliate dead skin cells at the skin surface. Lactic acid and glycolic acid represent the best studied and most effective AHAs. In contrast, BHA salicylic acid is oil soluble and can penetrate sebum rich pores to help unclog them and keep them clear (Kornhauser et al. 2010).

Lactic acid, glycolic acid, tartaric acid, salicylic acid at high medical-grade concentrations are used in chemical peels by professionals, while the upper limit of concentration for hydroxy acids in at-home formulations are ideal for instant skin rejuvenation (i.e. 10% glycolic acid in Night Renewer cream). However, in those with sensitive skin, or those with older skin that is thin and sensitive, these high acid concentration products are too harsh and irritating.

The Super Smooth serum combines a gentle blend of lower concentration AHAs with BHA salicylic acid boosted by the latest in skin smoothing peptide technology (Perfection Peptide P3) to smooth the surface of the skin but in a gentle and and more tolerable manner. This makes the serum appropriate for those with the most sensitive and fragile skin types such as those with a disrupted skin barrier or those with thinned aged skin or those who are aiming for a “glass skin” like finish to their skin.

There are other benefits to using hydroxy acids for aging skin as well particularly with AHAs glycolic, tartaric, and lactic acid. These include benefits to fine lines and hyperpigmentation (Bernstein et al. 2001, Stiller et al 1996, Kornhauser et al. 2010). However, to get these full benefits, if your skin can tolerate it, a high potency AHA product such as Night Renewer with 10% glycolic acid would be a good choice.

Hydroxy acids also help lower the pH of the skin in support of the natural acid mantle. The surface of the skin has a naturally acidic pH between 4 and 6 and this acidity is necessary for maintaining a healthy skin barrier (Lukic et al. 2021). This is because enzymes that build lipid-rich lamellar membranes of the stratum corneum operate best at a low pH < 5. In contrast, serine proteases that degrade these enzymes operate better at a higher pH. Acidifying the skin with HAs have been shown to activate skin barrier supporting enzymes while decreasing serine protease activity (Hachem et al. 2010). Hence this serum can be useful in an anti-aging regimen when combined with other products.

Please consult your doctor before using this product while pregnant. While the CIR states up to 2% salicylic acid is safe to use while pregnant, some doctors may say to avoid it altogether as high concentrations of salicylic acid are harmful to the developing fetus (Chien et al. 2016). It is recommended to discontinue use of this product while nursing. At Maelove, we recommend that you first speak with your doctor about this ingredient to get their opinion. Please check out our extended writeup on how to treat acne while pregnant.

Kornhauser A, Coelho SG, Hearing VJ (2010). “Application of hydroxy acids: Classification, mechanisms, and photoactivity.” Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology. 3:135-142.

Rodan K, Fields K, Majewski G, Falla T. “Skincare Bootcamp: The evolving role of skincare.” (2016). Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open: e1152. doi:10.1097/GOX.0000000000001152.

Schmid D, Belser E, Liechti Ch, Zulli F (2006). “Skin Rejuvenation with a Biomimetic Peptide Designed to Promote Desquamation.” SOFW-Journal 132: 3-2006. https://mibellebiochemistry.com/perfectionpeptide-p3

Babilas P, Knie U, Ables C. “Cosmetic and dermatologic use of alpha hydroxy acids.” (2012). JDDG 10:488-491.
Bernstein EF, Lee J, Brown DB, Yu R, Van Scott E (2001). “Glycolic acid treatment increases type I collagen mRNA and hyaluronic acid content of human skin.” Dermatol Surg. 27(5):429–433.

Hachem JP, Roelandt T, Schurer N, Pu X, Fluhr J, Giddelo C, Man MQ, Crumrine D, Roseeuw D, Feinhold KR, Mauro T, Elias PM (2010). “Acute Acidification of Stratum Corneum Membrane Domains Using Polyhydroxy Acids Improves Lipid Processing and Inhibits Degradation of Corneodesmosomes.” Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 130:500-510.

Kornhauser A, Coelho SG, Hearing VJ (2010). “Application of hydroxy acids: Classification, mechanisms, and photoactivity.” Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology. 3:135-142.

Lukic M, Pantelic I, Savic SD (2021). “Towards Optimal pH of the Skin and Topical Formulations: From the Current State of the Art to Tailored Products.” Cosmetics 8,69.//doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics8030069Stiller MJ, Bartolone J, Stern R, Smith S, Kollias N, Gillies R, et al. Topical 8% glycolic acid and 8% L-lactic acid creams for the treatment of photodamaged skin. A double-blind vehicle-controlled clinical trial. Arch Dermatol 1996;132:631-636.

Chien AL, Rainer B, Sachs DL, Helfrich YR (2016). “Treatment of Acne in Pregnancy.” J Am Board Fam Med. 29: 254-262.

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This writeup was lead-authored by our senior technical adviser, Sunbin Song, PhD. Sunbin graduated from MIT with a degree in Biology before receiving a doctorate in neuroscience from Georgetown and...