Ctrl Z

Exfoliating Multi-Corrective Overnight Facial

16 customer reviews


An advanced resurfacing treatment to dynamically recondition skin’s appearance. An intelligent blend of direct acid, enzyme, and non-acid exfoliants soften visible blemishes, hyperpigmented spots, pores, and texture. Brightening and firming actives amplify a supple, smooth radiance in newly emerging skin for unmatched facial-like results overnight.

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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

Achieve facial-like results overnight.

A multi-step delivery system in a single, sophisticated formula to dynamically recondition skin's appearance. Blemishes, dark spots, pores, and texture seem instantly blurred, brightened, and smoothed—with cumulative results over time.

Cipher Skincare Ctrl Z Multi-Corrective Overnight Facial Texture

triple-pathway resurfacing complex

Optimized for intensity without sensitization, this complex softens texture, promotes cell turnover, and dramatically renews skin’s appearance.


multifunctional brighteners

Potent actives work in synergy with our resurfacing comple for transformative results—fast.


anti-sensitivity blend

Support efficent, holistic healing while mitigating signs of stress and irritation.


restorative skin smoothers

smooth the appearance of fine lines and restore balance.

01. triple-pathway resurfacing complex

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.

02. multifunctional brighteners

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.

03. anti-sensitivity blend

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.

04. restorative skin smoothers

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.

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hydroxypropyl starch phosphate corn

Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate

Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate is a naturally derived, biodegradable rheology modifier isolated from starch granules of corn and wheat. It performs as a thickener,…
glycolic lactic salicylic acid aha bha

Lactic Acid

Lactic Acid, like all alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), helps slough away old, dead skin cells on the surface to reveal improved skin texture…
palmitoyl tripeptide-38 matrixyl synthe'6

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38

Palmitoyl tripeptide-38 is a matrikine-mimetic compound that regulates cell activity, wound repair and collagen tissue remodeling. It stimulates six major constituents of the…
salicylic acid

Salicylic Acid

A beta hydroxy acid (BHA). It’s an exfoliating acid that has smoothing, brightening, and regenerating qualities alongside its star talent of working deep…

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.

02.0 Texture

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.

02.1 Notes

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.

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  1. Believe the hype. This is a fabulous treatment. If you like smooth, glowing skin, this is for you. Bonus: no irritation or redness.

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  2. Love this. I wake up with an incredible glow every time I use it. It’s unlike some of the other exfoliators I’ve tried in that it’s both powerful and gentle, which is perfect for my skin.

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  3. I am loving the way this makes my skin just Glow. And it actually Feels good on! I highly recommend this product and noticed a dewiness and freshness after the very first use.

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