There are two types of exfoliants, the manual exfoliant and the chemical exfoliant. You can even find a hybrid of both manual and chemical with some skincare brands! Manual exfoliants are the ones that are granular (you can feel the micro particles when exfoliating your skin). Chemical exfoliants are the ones without the granular feel. They are usually in a serum form or the formula is saturated in a cotton face pad, usually with main ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid and lactic acid to name a few.
How do you know which type of exfoliant to choose? It really comes down to the individual’s preference of exfoliant. Some people like the feel of a granular exfoliant whilst others prefer a gentler yet effective exfoliant (chemical exfoliant). As a skin specialist, I would recommend a chemical exfoliant for an oily skin type that has active acne on their skin. Using a granular exfoliant on acneic skin can potentially worsen and irritate further.
You want to treat acneic skin with great care and use a gentler alternative like a chemical exfoliant. Some people like alternating between a granular and chemical exfoliant. The important thing to remember is to only exfoliate 2-3 times a week! The worse thing you can do for your skin is over exfoliate by doing it daily. Over
exfoliating can lead to future skin issues like dry flaky skin, excessive oiliness, break outs and sensitivity. Even if your product says ‘daily’, save your skin and only use is 2-3 times a week. Always follow through with a serum and face moisturiser that benefits your skin type after exfoliating.
By keeping on top of exfoliating, you’re ensuring that your dead skin cells and excess skin oils that have accumulated overtime will be buffed off the skin. This will reveal a more even, brighter and clearer complexion that we all aim for! Not only will your skin look healthier but your other skincare products will absorb better and deeper into the skin, allowing your serums, oils and creams to perform to the best of their ability. You’ll find that makeup will go on much more smoothly, applied evenly without clinging onto dry patches, and it’ll look more flawless and last longer on your skin! I mean who doesn’t want all those benefits?!
Some of our recommendations for each type of exfoliant:
Chemical: “Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel” or if very sensitive/reactive “Dr Dennis Gross Ultra Gentle Daily Peel”.
Manual (granual): “Omorovica Refining Facial Polisher”.
Hybrid of a chemical and manual: “Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment”.