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Cells on the outermost layer of your skin are constantly dying. Although it’s a natural process, they can build up on the surface of your skin, causing clogged pores and blemishes. Sounds gross, but don’t worry — there’s a fix.

Exfoliating helps remove dead cells from the surface of your skin, keeping your skin looking healthy and youthful. It does this by stimulating circulation, helping synthesize collagen, and promoting cell turnover. It also helps prevent breakouts, reduces pore size, and improves overall skin tone — a win-win.

Here are some of our top picks for all skin types.

There are a ton of facial exfoliators out there, and few, if any, of these products are one-size-fits-all. On this list, we aimed to present a range of quality facial exfoliators at various price points, including choices for all needs and skin types.

The products that made it onto this list were chosen because they contain skin-friendly and environmentally responsible ingredients. They all come highly rated by customers in online reviews.

Pricing guide

Facial exfoliators range widely in price. In general, the cost depends on the brand, type, and ingredients. Low-end exfoliators may be priced at as little as $10, while high-end products can cost upward of $100.

Our choices use the following pricing guide:

  • $ = under $25
  • $$ = $25–$50
  • $$$ = over $50

You’ll find both chemical and physical exfoliators on this list.

Chemical exfoliators

Chemical exfoliators use acids and enzymes to loosen and remove dead skin cells without any scrubbing. They penetrate deeply into the skin and often include active ingredients like alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta hydroxy acid (BHA).

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), gentle chemical exfoliators are a better choice for people with sensitive, dry, or acne-prone skin. They’re also a good choice for people with darker skin tones, since harsher exfoliants may cause hyperpigmentation.

Physical exfoliators

Physical or manual exfoliators, on the other hand, use friction and small particles such as grains, seeds, or ground nut shells to dislodge dead skin cells.

Those with oily skin may have more success with stronger chemical exfoliators or physical exfoliators. It’s always best to start with something lighter if you’re not sure how your skin will react, though.

Best all-around chemical exfoliator

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

  • Price: $$
  • Type: chemical
  • Key ingredients: salicylic acid
  • Best for: all skin types
  • Pros: fragrance-free; non-abrasive; may help reduce the look of pores
  • Cons: may not suitable for daily use; may cause irritation in some skin types

The thousands of reviews of this product across various third-party sites are overwhelmingly positive. In fact, a number of customers go so far as to claim they can’t live without this exfoliant. According to the brand, it’s a “cult favorite.”

Suitable for all skin types, it’s a gentle chemical exfoliator that contains 2 percent BHA, more commonly known as salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is recommended by the AAD for the treatment of mild acne.

This product is meant to be left on the skin and can be applied up to twice daily — though some reviewers say it causes redness, peeling, and dryness when used too frequently.

Paula’s Choice Skincare is a company that’s upfront about the ingredients in their products, and their entire line is fragrance- and cruelty-free.

How to use:

The brand recommends applying the product up to twice daily over the face and neck after cleansing and using toner. Use a cotton pad to apply the product and don’t rinse it off.

Best 2-in-1 product

OLEHENRIKSEN Transforming Walnut Scrub

  • Price: $$
  • Type: physical
  • Key ingredients: walnut powder, ginseng, and chamomile extracts
  • Best for: all skin types
  • Pros: vegan formula; may help smooth out skin texture; light pleasant scent
  • Cons: may not be a good choice for sensitive skin; contains benzyl alcohol; pricey

This vegan 2-in-1 exfoliator and cleanser uses walnut shells to slough off dead skin. With ginseng and chamomile extracts, reviewers say it has a light scent that’s not overpowering.

This scrub is paraben-, sulfate-, and phthalate-free. However, it also contains benzyl alcohol, an ingredient that can irritate the skin, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit advocacy group that analyzes ingredients in skin care products.

As with many physical exfoliators, this product may not be the best choice for sensitive skin. Other skin types should be fine with using it once or twice per week. You don’t need to apply a lot or use a lot of pressure to rub it in.

A word of caution: Walnut-based scrubs have sparked controversy in the past. St. Ives Apricot Scrub, which contains crushed walnut shell powder, was the subject of a 2017 lawsuit in which the plaintiffs claimed that it creates microscopic tears and clogs pores. The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed over a lack of evidence.

How to use:

Use this product one or twice a week to remove dead skin and smooth out your skin’s texture. Apply the scrub and gently massage it into the skin, then rinse it off. Because it’s a cleanser and exfoliator, there’s no need to cleanse before applying.

Best value

ACURE Brightening Facial Scrub

  • Price: $
  • Type: physical
  • Key ingredients: ground walnut shell, sea kelp, green clay, sage, and lemon peel
  • Best for: all skin types
  • Pros: designed to deeply cleanse the skin; may brighten skin; should be gentle enough for sensitive skin
  • Cons: hard to rinse out of the sink; not everyone loves the strong scent

Another ground walnut shell scrub, this physical exfoliator also contains sea kelp, French green clay, sage, and lemon peel for a mask-like feel. Many reviewers, including several with sensitive skin, claim it’s gentler than similar products on the market but still gives the impression of a deep clean.

They also mention the thick texture and dark color — you may have to rinse your sink or shower out carefully after use. The manufacturer suggests using it around three times per week.

ACURE’s products are vegan and cruelty-free. The brand is transparent about their ingredients, and they don’t use parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, or formaldehydes.

How to use:

Use this scrub up to three times a week. Apply the product to a wet face and gently scrub it into the skin. When you’re done, rinse away the product.

Best nighttime formula

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

  • Price: $$$
  • Type: chemical
  • Key ingredients: salicylic acid, and glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and citric acids
  • Best for: all skin types
  • Pros: may help with uneven skin tone and texture; pro-aging support; may help with acne
  • Cons: expensive; not ideal for sensitive skin

This powerful chemical exfoliant contains a blend of AHAs, including glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and citric acids. It also contains 1 percent salicylic acid (BHA).

The vegan-friendly overnight formula is designed to help support skin as you age. It’s meant to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, even skin tone, and reduce the appearance of spots that may appear as part of the natural aging process.

It may also help reduce the appearance of pores and blackheads. It’s meant to be used alongside an oil, such as Drunk Elephant’s marula blend, for best results.

It takes part of its funky name from raspberry extracts, which may help protect skin cells from free radicals. It also contains horse chestnut extract, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound known to improve the appearance of capillaries.

Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a splurge, especially if you plan on using it every day. Some customers say they wish they could use it all the time, but they’re torn by the steep price tag.

How to use:

The brand recommends applying the product in the evening. Apply the serum to a clean, dry face, and leave it on while you sleep.

You can also use it as a spot treatment or mix it with your favorite face oil.

Best for oily skin

Clinique Exfoliating Scrub

  • Price: $
  • Type: chemical
  • Key ingredients: salicylic acid
  • Best for: oily and combination skin
  • Pros: may offer a refreshing feel; vegan formula; fragrance-free
  • Cons: not suitable for dry skin; a handful of reviewers found it didn’t exfoliate as well as they’d hoped

Formulated especially for oily and combination skin types, this water-based chemical exfoliant is beloved by Sephora customers, where it has a 4.7 out of 5 rating, and 98 percent of reviewers say they’d recommend it. It’s designed as a gentle formula that should leave your skin feeling refreshed.

This exfoliant is reasonably priced compared to similar products on the market. Clinique is a well-established and trusted name in cosmetics, but what you might not know is that they use all vegan ingredients. This is also a formula that’s free of fragrances, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, alcohol, gluten, and other potential allergens and irritants.

How to use:

Apply the product in the morning or at night after cleansing. Gently massage the scrub into the skin, then rinse. You can use it up to four times a week.

Best for men’s skin

Clinique Exfoliating Tonic

  • Price: $
  • Type: chemical
  • Key ingredients: salicylic acid and witch hazel
  • Best for: all skin types
  • Pros: helps prep skin for shaving; may help control oil production; may reduce the look of pores
  • Cons: contains alcohol; may irritate sensitive skin

This daily exfoliant for men is made for all skin types and is designed to remove dead skin and smooth out skin. It may also help unclog pores and prevent them from getting clogged in the future. You can also apply it before shaving to prep the skin.

Reviewers say the tonic does a great job at scrubbing away dirt and helps prevent ingrown hairs from shaving. One person does point out, though, that it may not be a good choice for sensitive skin since it contains potential irritants.

It’s also a poor choice for people with dry skin since it contains alcohol, which can be drying.

How to use:

Apply this product to the skin after cleansing, then apply moisturizer.

Best for dry skin

SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub

  • Price: $$
  • Type: physical
  • Key ingredients: diatomaceous earth, aloe vera
  • Best for: all skin types (except sensitive skin)
  • Pros: may clean pores; may improve skin’s texture; designed to leave behind soft skin
  • Cons: contains parabens; not suitable for sensitive skin

This physical gel scrub is designed to cleanse and smooth the skin with a naturally occurring soft sedimentary rock called diatomaceous earth. Although it’s described as mild, it’s not suitable for people with sensitive skin.

It also includes aloe vera, which adds moisture to the skin and is known to help with skin issues such as eczema and acne. It has a very mild, almost unnoticeable scent.

One of the cons is that this formula contains ethylparaben, butylparaben, isobutyl paraben, and propylparaben. Parabens are easily absorbed through the skin and can interfere with hormone-driven functions in the body, such as menstruation and reproduction.

How to use:

Apply to a wet face and neck, massaging it into the skin in a circular motion. Rinse off the product with warm water. Use in the morning or at night.

Best for morning

Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser

  • Price: $
  • Type: physical
  • Key ingredients: panax ginseng and coffee beans
  • Best for: oily, combination, or normal skin
  • Pros: vegan; should offer a refreshing feel; has a scent many users like
  • Cons: drying formula; not suitable for dry skin

For normal, combination, and oily skin, this microbead gel is recommended to be used in the morning to help your skin wake up for the day. Customers say it’s more of a cleanser than a hardcore exfoliant, making it gentle enough to use as part of their daily skincare routine.

Mint, citrus, and grapefruit extracts give it a punchy, invigorating scent. Skin-friendly ingredients include ginseng, an antioxidant that may help with conditions such as eczema, and caffeine from coffee beans, an ingredient that has been shown to have numerous benefits for skin.

Origins products are vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. They’re known for their commitment to safe and natural ingredients and environmental causes.

How to use:

Massage the product into the skin, then rinse away with warm water.

The product should be suitable for daily use.

Best pro-aging formula

DRMTLGY Microdermabrasion Scrub

  • Price: $
  • Type: physical and chemical
  • Key ingredients: pumice particles, glycolic acid, green tea leaf extracts
  • Best for: every skin type
  • Pros: may help with blemishes; may improve skin texture and tone
  • Cons: some say it leaves behind a residue

This affordable facial scrub uses pumice stone granules to remove dead skin cells, and aims to improve tone and texture while reducing the appearance of pores.

Reviewers say it’s gentler than other physical exfoliants since the pumice particles are very fine. Many mention improvements in the appearance of blemishes.

Other potent ingredients (and chemical exfoliators) include glycolic acid from sugarcane extracts and apple fruit extract, which contains AHAs. Green tea leaf extracts provide antioxidant action.

Free of parabens and gluten, it’s meant to be suitable for all skin types. It comes in a jar and is easy to apply. The company suggests using it several times per week.

How to use:

Apply the scrub to damp skin and slowly massage it into the skin, keeping away from the eyes and lips. Rinse the product off with warm water. Use up to four times a week.

Best enzyme-based formula

Savor Beauty Pumpkin Enzyme Peel

  • Price: $$$
  • Type: chemical
  • Key ingredients: pumpkin enzyme, lactic acid, gluconic acid, beta carotene
  • Best for: all skin types
  • Pros: may help brighten skin; may help reduce the look of blemishes and fine lines
  • Cons: not suitable for pregnant people; scent might not be for everyone

This product harvests the power of pumpkins, along with lactic and gluconic acid, to gently exfoliate the skin. It also contains beta carotene, an antioxidant that promotes skin health and may reduce sun sensitivity.

With a goopy texture, it’s somewhere between a gel and a mask. The company recommends applying it with a brush and leaving it on the skin for a few minutes before rinsing.

It’s appropriate for all skin types, though the company warns against using it while pregnant. Reviewers say it looks and smells as yummy as a pumpkin spice latte, making it a tempting way to indulge in a bit of self-care.

How to use:

Use this peel up to twice a week. Apply a thin, even layer to cleansed skin. Leave it on for up to 3 minutes, then rinse off.

Best wipes

Bluemercury M-61 PowerGlow Peel

  • Price: $$$
  • Type: chemical
  • Key ingredients: glycolic acid, salicylic acid
  • Best for: all skin types (especially dry)
  • Pros: may even out skin tone and texture; may reduce the look of pores; gentle scent
  • Cons: expensive; doesn’t work for everyone

A bestseller on both Bluemercury and third-party sites, this 1-minute exfoliating peel is applied to the face using a presoaked towelette. After waiting 1 minute, follow up with moisturizer — no rinsing is required.

Though this is called a “peel,” it doesn’t actually make your skin peel. The active ingredients are glycolic acid (AHA) and salicylic acid (BHA). Both ingredients can help even out skin tone and texture, and may also help to reduce the appearance of pore size. Extracts such as bilberry provide antioxidant action, while the chamomile and lavender extracts give it a pleasant scent.

It’s vegan and cruelty-free. It doesn’t contain parabens, gluten, phthalates, sulfates, or synthetic dyes. Available in packs of 10, 30, or 60, it’s pricier than most tube and bottle formulas, but the wipe format is convenient for traveling and skin care on the go.

How to use:

Apply to dry skin after cleansing by wiping the towelette all over your face and neck, avoiding your eye area. There’s no need to rinse off the product. Apply three times a week, increasing the frequency until your skin can tolerate daily use.

Best facial-style exfoliator

Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment

  • Price: $$$
  • Type: physical and chemical
  • Key ingredients: salicylic acid, lactic acid, silica, aloe vera, vitamins E, C, A
  • Best for: all skin types (except sensitive)
  • Pros: may even out skin tone and texture; may brighten skin; only need a small amount
  • Cons: expensive; not suitable for sensitive skin

Formulated for all skin types, this bestseller is a favorite among celebrities and beauty writers. Also known as the “Hollywood 2-minute facial,” it comes from well-established Los Angeles aesthetician Kate Somerville.

What makes this product unique is that it uses both physical and chemical exfoliants — including salicylic acid, lactic acid, silica, and plant enzymes — to do the job. It also contains a collection of skin-friendly antioxidants, including aloe vera, honey, and vitamins A, C, and E.

It’s pricey but definitely more affordable than a facial at a salon. Users say it has an incredible smell and leaves their skin feeling cool and clean while also improving texture. Others warn that this isn’t a product for people with sensitive skin.

How to use:

The brand recommends applying this product once or twice a week. To use, apply a small amount and massage it into the skin. Leave on for up to 2 minutes and rinse away.

Best drugstore

Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub

  • Price: $
  • Type: physical
  • Key ingredients: micro-fine granules, vitamins C, B5 and E
  • Best for: all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin
  • Pros: dermatologist-tested; shouldn’t clog pores; designed to be non-irritating
  • Cons: contains some iffy ingredients; medicinal scent

This sensitive-skin formula is designed for everyday use. It aims to both cleanse and exfoliate, using micro-fine granules to buff the skin. It also contains skin-nourishing compounds like vitamin B5 and vitamin E.

In the United States, this brand has long been backed by dermatologists. It has a reputation for gentle skin care products, and it doesn’t test on animals.

However, this and other Cetaphil products contain a few ingredients that have been flagged as potentially risky by the EWG. These include sodium hydroxide, sodium benzoate, and phenoxyethanol. The scent is somewhat medicinal.

How to use:

You can use this 3-in-1 product daily in an effort to cleanse, purify, and moisturize the skin.

Best for sensitive skin

Glossier Exfoliating Skin Perfector

  • Price: $
  • Type: chemical
  • Key ingredients: salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid
  • Best for: all skin types
  • Pros: dermatologist-tested; vegan; may help clear skin; may smooth skin texture
  • Cons: sticky texture

This chemical exfoliant from Glossier uses a potent combination of acids designed to help clear skin of blemishes, brighten tone, and smooth out the skin’s texture.

It’s gentle enough to use daily, according to the brand, and it may help with acne-prone skin.

Some say it does have a sticky texture, which can take some getting used to. If texture is a dealbreaker for you, you might want to look elsewhere for an exfoliant.

Even though this product is fairly gentle, it’s a good idea to do a patch test before trying any skincare product — especially if you have sensitive skin.

How to use:

Glossier recommends using this product once every 3 days to start, gradually using it more often as your skin gets used to the formula.

Apply the product after cleansing using a cotton pad. Wipe the pad all over your face and neck, then wait until the product gets absorbed into the skin.

Best for combination skin

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

  • Price: $$$
  • Type: chemical
  • Key ingredients: salicylic acid, phytic acid, colloidal oatmeal
  • Best for: normal, combination, and oily skin
  • Pros: vegan formula; may help improve skin texture; may help unclogs pores
  • Cons: pricey; some find the scent unpleasant

This cleanser and exfoliant may be a solid option for dealing with clogged pores, acne, and uneven skin texture in those with combination skin. Salicylic acid helps control oil production in your overactive t-zone and clears clogged pores.

Phytic acid is meant to help brighten the skin and get rid of dead skin cells that can cause rough, uneven texture. And finally, colloidal oatmeal may help calm the skin and prevent irritation.

Many combination skin reviewers say the product really helps clear up acne and smooths out skin, but some don’t love the scent. A few customers also say they don’t love the powder consistency.

How to use:

Wet your face and hands. Pump some product into your hand and add water until it gets foamy and the powder has completely dissolved. Massage in a circular motion for about 1 minute, and then rinse off the product with warm water.

Best for brightening

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

  • Price: $$$
  • Type: chemical
  • Key ingredients: salicylic, glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and citric acids
  • Best for: all skin types
  • Pros: may brighten skin; may smooth out roughness; should leave skin feeling fresh
  • Cons: expensive; some say it made them breakout

Drunk Elephant pops up again on our list, and for good reason. People rave about this brand.

This chemical exfoliant is like a facial in a bottle. It’s designed for use once a week and aims to help resurface the skin, and hopefully even out its tone and texture, by doing away with dead skin cells and buildup.

It may also help reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines that come naturally with aging.

It’s also free of iffy ingredients like alcohols, silicones, and added fragrance.

In addition to exfoliating acids, the formula also contains chickpea flour to help prevent dullness, and plant extracts like matcha, apple, and milk thistle. These plant extracts have antioxidant properties that should help promote skin health and soothe the skin.

Reviewers agree it helps clear up skin and leaves behind an illuminated appearance. A few folks say it caused breakouts.

How to use:

The brand recommends applying this serum once a week. Start by leaving it on for 10 minutes and increasing to 20 minutes over time.

Best exfoliating toner

The Inkey List PHA Toner

  • Price: $
  • Type: chemical
  • Key ingredients: PHA, niacinamide, aloe leaf juice,
  • Best for: all skin types
  • Pros: may help with dull and uneven skin tone; suitable for use morning or night; pregnancy and breastfeeding safe
  • Cons: can flare acne-prone skin

This PHA toner is designed to help even out skin tone and is gentle enough for use on sensitive skin. In addition to exfoliating ingredients, the toner also contains niacinamide to help control oil production, and aloe to help soothe skin.

Reviewers say it’s a great choice for dry and sensitive skin, and leaves behind a refreshing feel. People with active breakouts, however, may find the product stings upon application.

How to use:

Use this toner in the morning or night after cleansing. Apply it all over the face and neck using a cotton pad. No rinsing required.

Best mask

Caudalie Vinoperfect Glycolic Peel Mask

  • Price: $$
  • Type: chemical
  • Key ingredients: patented viniferine, glycolic acid, AHAs
  • Best for: all skin types
  • Pros: may brighten skin; designed to be gentle; may improve skin tone
  • Cons: some agree it’s gentle but say it’s not as effective as other options

If you’re more of an at-home spa type, you might like the idea of a mask exfoliant. This product from Caudalie is a peel mask that’s formulated to leave behind smoother, visibly brighter skin.

It contains a patented wine-sourced ingredient that may help even out skin tone, glycolic acid to help improve the skin’s texture, and AHA to further exfoliate. It’s a bit more affordable than other exfoliants and seems gentle enough for sensitive skin, according to reviewer remarks.

Some say it even helps with acne, and several people say they love that it leaves their skin feeling clean and fresh.

How to use:

You can apply this product up to twice a week. Apply the mask and leave it on for up to 10 minutes. Afterward, rinse it off with water.

Best for acne-prone skin

Differin Gel Daily Brightening Exfoliator

  • Price: $
  • Type: physical and chemical
  • Key ingredients: jojoba beads, white tea, aloe, coconut oil extract
  • Best for: acne-prone skin
  • Pros: suitable for acne-prone skin; may smooth out skin; may unclog pores
  • Cons: strong scent; reviewers say it doesn’t clear up all acne

This gel exfoliant is specially-formulated for acne-prone skin. It’s so gentle that the brand claims you can use it during active breakouts.

The product is designed to both cleanse and exfoliate with the help of water-soluble jojoba beads. White tea and aloe help soothe and calm inflamed skin, and coconut oil extract aims to keep the skin hydrated.

It’s also oil-free, shouldn’t clog pores, and is dermatologist-tested.

Reviewers say it works well to keep acne under control and helps prevent excess dryness that’s common with other acne products. A few people note that the scent isn’t great, though.

How to use:

To use this product, massage it into damp skin and rinse off with warm water. It’s gentle enough for daily use.

Purpose

Start by identifying which skin issues you’re hoping to improve by exfoliating. Do you want to control acne? Improve your skin tone? Minimize the appearance of pores? Support your skin as it ages? Most products target some — but not all — of these issues. Choose products that align most closely with your needs.

Skin type

In addition, you can narrow down products by identifying whether they’re recommended for your skin type. It might also be helpful to look for reviews or recommendations from customers who have the same skin type as you.

In general, if you’re new to exfoliators, it’s best to start with a mild chemical exfoliator. That way, you can see how your skin reacts before you try something more potent. If you want to try a physical exfoliator, use gentle pressure.

Remember that it may not be possible to know what will work best on your skin until you try it.

Ingredients and values

If possible, check the product’s ingredients before you buy. It’s best to avoid products that contain potentially harmful or irritating ingredients like alcohol, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and formaldehydes. The EWG provides a comprehensive list of ingredients to avoid.

In addition, be wary of claims that a product is “hypoallergenic,” “clean,” “organic,” or “all-natural.” These claims are often unverified.

Next, keep in mind your budget and values. For instance, is it important to you that the product be cruelty-free or vegan?

Considering all these factors, you should have a list of at least a few products that suit your needs, skin type, budget, and values.

Sometimes, finding the best product for you is a matter of trial and error. You should only try one new product at a time to best monitor the results.

If you already use over-the-counter or skin care medications, such as retinol or benzoyl peroxide, consider talking to a dermatologist before adding an exfoliator to your skincare routine. These products can make your skin especially sensitive.

Before applying a new exfoliator to your face, test it on a patch of skin elsewhere on your body — like on the underside of your wrist. Wait 24 hours and see if you experience any redness or irritation. If you don’t experience a reaction, you’re likely good to go.

For best results, follow the instructions provided on the product label. Chemical exfoliators can usually be applied with a cotton pad or a cloth. Physical exfoliators can be applied with your fingertips. Rub them into your skin using a circular motion for around 30 seconds.

Some products are meant to stay on your face, while others should be washed off. If you’re using a wash-off product, rinse your face with lukewarm water and apply a moisturizer immediately to avoid drying out your skin.

Why bother exfoliating your face? Isn’t cleansing enough? This skincare step may help:

  • brighten skin
  • enhance product absorption
  • keep your pores from getting clogged
  • prevent breakouts
  • boost collagen production

How often you should exfoliate depends on the product and your skin type. Some products are harsher and it’s enough to use them once or twice a week. Gentler products can be used on a daily basis.

According to the AAD, people with dry skin may need to exfoliate less frequently, and people with oily skin may need to exfoliate more frequently.

If you notice skin redness or irritation, you may be over-exfoliating. Stop using the product and talk to a dermatologist about how frequently you should exfoliate.

It’s a good idea to see a dermatologist if you’re experiencing any kind of skin condition that’s affecting your self-esteem. If it’s making you feel self-conscious, it doesn’t matter how minor it is — there’s no shame in getting advice from a professional.

And before you start exfoliating, you may find it helpful to talk with a skincare expert, especially if you have sensitive skin, acne-prone skin, or a condition like rosacea.

What do dermatologists recommend exfoliating?

It’s not just your face that could benefit from exfoliating. You can also exfoliate the rest of the skin on your body.

How often should you actually exfoliate your face?

About two or three times a week is a good frequency for most people.

Is it bad to exfoliate your face every day?

Not necessarily. However, if you notice signs of irritation, like redness or excess dryness, it might be time to cut back on how often you exfoliate.

Which is better: face scrub or exfoliant?

This depends on your skin type. For example, if you have very sensitive skin, aggressively scrubbing with a physical scrub may do more harm than good.

How can I exfoliate my face at home?

You can try using any of the products listed above to exfoliate your face at home.

Exfoliating on a regular basis should help to keep your skin looking healthy by removing dead skin cells that might otherwise clog your pores.

There are tons of quality exfoliators out there. Finding the right product for your skin type and budget can take a bit of time, but it’s worth it.