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How to Find the Best Exfoliant Cleanser for Your Skin


Top skin exfoliates

Depending on your skin type and what product you choose, exfoliation can be the best or the worst thing for your skin. I have extremely sensitive skin with a touch of rosacea on my cheeks – I used to exfoliate every single day, and it ruined my skin! Exfoliating made it drier, more irritated, and made it harder to apply makeup overall.

So, I took to the Internet and Sephora to figure out what I could do to fix my face, and I’ve compiled my “holy grail” of manual exfoliants for you readers! Read on to learn more about exfoliation, and to find out which type of exfoliation product will work best for your skin type.

Hot Cloth Cleansers for Sensitive Skin

Hot cloth cleansers
Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser by Liz Earle, $24.50 at, Yes to Carrots Nourishing Daily Cream Facial Cleanser, $7.99 at

This is what I use to exfoliate, and it’s a two-step routine. Basically, all you do is use your favorite cream-based cleanser or cleansing oil (I included a couple of my faves above), then work it into your face, but don’t rinse with water. Instead, soak a washcloth in hot water, wring it out, and scrub all the cleanser off your face with the cloth.

This is seriously amazing. It feels great on your skin and works so well. I can do this every day without a problem, and my skin is cleaner but not dried-out, which is the best! This method works on every type of skin without causing irritation or redness.

Traditional Face Scrubs for Different Skin Types

Top face scrub picks
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Foaming Scrub in Pink Grapefruit, $8.14 at Amazon, Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, $6.47 at Walmart, Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, $52 at Ulta

These are your traditional face scrubs, and there are versions for every type of skin (dry, oily, acne-prone, etc.) and are available in every price range.

Before I switched up my exfoliation routine, I was actually using a face scrub for oily skin, when my skin is in fact not oily! Not sure who advised me to do this but I definitely shouldn’t have been. My point is, going out and buying any old scrub that looks good isn’t always the best choice. Here, I’ve compiled three of my favorites (pictured above) that work for various skin types.

The first is from Neutrogena‘s pink grapefruit line. This is perfect for acne-prone skin! For best results, use this twice a week. The second is one of my favorites. I use the Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub once a week if I need more than the hot cloth can give me. This product is soap-free, oil-free, and hypoallergenic, which makes it perfect for dry or sensitive skin.

The third is a definite splurge by Dermalogica. This is actually a powder that you mix with water, so it’s gentle as can be and does wonders for your skin. This is one of my holy grail products…when I save up enough to buy it! This one can be used on all skin types, just use it about three times a week.

What do you think?

What do you do to exfoliate your skin? Have you tried any of these products? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Posted on on January 28, 2014 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , ,

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8 Responses to “How to Find the Best Exfoliant Cleanser for Your Skin”

  1. 1
    January 28th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    The Neutrogena face wash pretty much rid me of my acne in a month’s time. I highly recommend it!
    I’m also a big fan of washcloths for daily exfoliation.

  2. 2
    January 28th, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I probably aught to start a skincare routine. My skin is just so low maintenance that I haven’t felt the need to. It’s probably a good idea to start so I don’t have long term consequences!

  3. 3
    January 28th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I have skin similar to yours from the sound it. I’ve never heard of the hot cloth method but I can’t wait to try it!

    Is there a place to find the Liz Earle cleanser besides their website?

  4. 4
    January 28th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    My very favourite skin cleaner/scrubbing product is actually St. Ives apricot scrub.
    It is 100% natural (the scrub is made from apricot pits, these have been safely filed down into tiny pebbles) and contains no parabens. I switched to this product a long time ago because I was horrified to learn that most scrubbing products contain small plastic beads as the scrubbing agent and that ends up in our water supply! this is becoming a big problem actually.

    So if you can find something truly all natural then it is a win win.

  5. 5
    January 28th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    There’s another category: chemical exfoliation! There are a bunch of toners that do the job gently and without the scratchy scrubs. Brands like Ren, Clarins, Aveda, and Burt’s Bees have them, they’re great!

  6. 6
    January 29th, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I do not recommend any Neutrogena products since they have hazardous chemicals in them like parabens, triethanolamine and methylisothiazolinone among many others. Other products listed here are not sold near me but I would recommend checking their ingredients as well. If you want to exfoliate, I recommend using honey+cinnamon or lemon juice+sugar. Using natural products is much better for your skin in the long run.

  7. 7
    February 2nd, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the info. I never realized the importance of exfoliating I guess because my facial acne cleanser already had micro-exfoliating beads in it but they’ve reformulated it without the beads & I couldn’t help notice my skin wasn’t doing as well. I’m not going to change my acne treatment products but I definitely will take advantage of your tips to makeup for the lost exfoliation step in my routine.

  8. 8
    August 7th, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    It seems good, but what information you are providing, Is it also applicable on the kids ages between 6-19 or Do you have any such type of sunscreen for kids ?

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