Exfoliators: Physical vs Chemical

by Madeleine Borgersen
Exfoliators: Physical vs Chemical

We’re going back to the classroom today to work out the different types of exfoliators out there. Exfoliators are used to remove dead skin cells, 1. to remove congestion and 2. to allow your other skincare products to get to the good skin cells that really need it!

There are two types of exfoliators, physical and chemical.

1. Physical Exfoliators

Like the name suggests these use physical properties to remove these dead cells. Grains or beads physically push the dead cells off of the top layer of skin and rinse away as you rinse off the residue.

2. Chemical Exfoliators

Chemical exfoliators use chemicals such as AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) or BHA’s (Beta Hydroxy Acids)  such as Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Malic Acid and Glycolic Acid to break down the bond between the dead skin cells and your top level. They do not contain any physical beads or grains and can come in the form of a rinse off exfoliator or leave on serum.

Chemical Exfoliators are harder working than physical and so are often seen to target wrinkles, acne and stretch marks.

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