- key actives
- mandelic + lactic + salicylic acids, resurfacing yeast oligopeptide, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, undecylenoyl phenylalanine, prickly pear, pineapple enzyme, Madecassoside, gluconolactone, prebiotic microalgae, palmitoyl tripeptide-38
- Fragrance Free
- Skin Type
[esp. congested, acne-prone, hyperpigmented]
- Use Frequency
or as needed
- Alcohol Free
- Silicone Free
Our innovative blend of direct acid + enzyme + non-acid exfoliants leverages unique synergies to maximize cell turnover with reduced irritation potential. Mandelic Acid resurfaces while calming visible effects of inflammatory reactions, making it especially great for pigment correction in skins of all tones. Lactic Acid, polyhydroxy acid gluconolactone and pineapple enzyme support dynamic sloughing of dead cells and encourage skin’s repair process.
What differentiates Ctrl Z is the inclusion of an incredibly efficacious non-acid exfoliant: yeast oligopeptide. Rather than exfoliating cells indiscriminately, this novel biofermented active enables skin’s natural exfoliation systems to work more efficiently. This biotech peptide is shown to be as effective as glycolic acid without the irritation. Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) salicylic acid completes the blend: the optimal ingredient for decongesting blackheads and smoothing visible skin texture.
Advanced brightening technologies work in tandem with Ctrl Z’s resurfacing complex for transformative results—fast. Touted as a complexion bioptimizer, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid is a first-of-its-kind ingredient activated by the enzymatic activity of our skin. This unique active acts on seven biological targets to correct the look of discolorations and redness. Next, undecylenoyl phenylalanine partners with Niacinamide for multi-pathway skin brightening. This exceptional duo inhibits the appearance of hyperpigmented marks before they surface. These sophisticated ingredient synergies reveal a more radiant, even appearance with each use.
Unlike traditional resurfacing treatments, Ctrl Z’s comprehensive formula supports barrier function, cellular repair, and optimal skin health simultaneously. Soothing madecassoside from the centella asiatica plant couples with panthenol to calm the look of redness and irritation. To support holistic, efficient healing of visible skin stress, prebiotic freshwater microalgae ensure a calm, balanced microbiome.
Our advanced smoothing peptide palmitoyl tripeptide-38 encourages optimal cell activity, wound repair, and collagen tissue remodelling to efficiently soften the appearance of fine lines and crepey skin. Finally, luscious, antioxidant-rich prickly pear oil teams with hydrating Glycerin to top off this transformative mega-facial with a nutrient-packed mic drop.
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Aqua, Propanediol, Mandelic Acid, Lactic Acid, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Niacinamide, undecylenoyl phenylalanine, gluconolactone, Ethyl Oleate, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, SALICYLIC ACID, PEG-100 Stearate, Undecane, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Arginine, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Yeast Ferment Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Madecassoside, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-38, Plankton Extract, PANTHENOL, Cetyl Alcohol, Soy Amino Acids, Olive Glycerides, Undecane, Hydroxyacetophenone, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA
We are dedicated to providing the most innovative, functional formulations possible and ingredient lists are occasionally updated to reflect this.
01.0 The Ritual
In the evening, apply two to four pumps to clean face and neck, avoiding the eye contour. Gently massage to absorb.
Most enjoy using 2-4 times per week. Congested, acid-tolerant skins may use up to nightly. Sensitive skins and those new to exfoliants should begin with once per week. Perfect as a standalone, multitasking treatment or layered as desired. If layering, we recommend applying Ctrl Z first to clean skin before other treatments or creams.
The texture of Ctrl Z is a nourishing gel-cream emulsion with a soft bounce and velvety feel that absorbs quickly. Oily skin types can use as their sole moisturizer while dry skin types may enjoy layering a complementary treatment, like The Potion or Night Shift, or your occlusive cream of choice over top.
Spot test for sensitivity prior to first use. A slight tingle on application is normal, but there should be no burning sensation. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Direct acids increase your susceptibility to sun damage. Wear sunscreen daily and limit sun exposure, especially during use and for two weeks after. Ctrl Z is generally considered safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding, although some prefer to avoid salicylic acid which this formula contains at 1.5%. Most consider salicylic acid to be pregnancy safe at concentrations <2%. Consult your health care professional to discuss your unique situation.