The two main types of chemical exfoliants are AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHA or beta hydroxy acids. These are rapid, oil-soluble formulas (which means it won't break down in water) so they can penetrate deep in your pores. Below, some of the best chemical exfoliators.
Kate Somerville Exfolikate; Kate Somerville's signature facial can now be performed at home to reveal a glowing and fresh complexion. Formulated with lactic acid, fruit enzymes and salicylic acid to effectively exfoliate the skin, reducing the appearance of pores while aloe vera and honey work to soothe and nourish.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum; A cult-favourite for the skincare expert and novice alike, this powerful blend of AHAs and BHA's refines and resurfaces skin texture. By blending 12% glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric and salicylic acids and raspberry extract, this intensive night treatment combats an endless plethora of skin concerns for total skin rejuvenation.
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturiser; When skin is renewed through exfoliation and then replenished with intense hydration, the effect is synergistic. The patented blend of Alpha Beta acids in this pore-refining formula accelerates cell turnover and lifts away surface dullness.
Used for centuries to brighten, smooth and hydrate skin, these ultra-fine powders gently remove impurities and exfoliate skin for a glowing complexion. The trick: Just add water.
Tatcha The Rice Polish Classic Foaming Enzyme Powder; This water-activated enzyme exfoliating powder was developed with normal to combination skin types in mind. At the heart of this nourishing, exfoliating powder is nourishing Japanese rice bran and papaya extracts, which work in harmony to tackle fine lines, uneven skin tone and texture, hyperpigmentation and congestion.
Face Wipe Exfoliants
Swipey exfoliants are designed for single use and are perfect for on-the-go or for keeping in your handbag or gym tote.
Pixi Glow Peel Pads; These intensive skin care treatment pads promote a healthier, more radiant complexion thanks to 20% Glycolic Acid. In addition to sloughing off dead skin cells, the gentle acids help to minimise the look of fine lines and pores whilst evening out patches of hyperpigmentation.
Go-To Exfoliating Swipey; These easy swipes combine the well-documented effectiveness of lactic acid, the most gentle of all AHAs, with the ultra-hydrating essential oils to create a product that thoroughly removes dead skin cells.
Exfoliants Designed For Sensitive Skin
The idea of exfoliating as part of your daily skincare routine can be daunting for those with sensitive skin. However, chemical exfoliation can be used on all skin types — you just have to be mindful of what acid you're applying on your skin. PHAs (polyhydroxy acids) are alternative gentler acids that might be the solution for sensitive skin types who've yet to experience how effective regular chemical exfoliation can be.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment; Elizabeth Arden's Progressive Renewal Treatment is an intensive four-week, at-home face peeling treatment formulated to provide increasingly stronger resurfacing benefits.
Exfoliants Designed For Oily Skin And Acne-Prone Skin
A gentle exfoliation formula can be a game-changer. While they can't penetrate deeper layers to treat pigmentation and signs of ageing - scrubs still have their place in the skincare world. Some face scrubs contain ingredients like menthol, peppermint, and eucalyptus that tingle on contact and leave a cooling sensation after you rinse.
Paula's Choice The Unscrub; This formula is a gentle, two-in-one cleansing scrub that washes away impurities for fresh, polished skin.
Ole Henrickson Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub; A dual-action warming and cooling pore-refining facial scrub with glycolic and lactic acids to deeply purify pores, absorb excess oil and leave skin soft, smooth and healthy-looking.
Salon treatments can offer a more thorough method of exfoliation to improve your skin’s overall texture and quality. A popular option is a microdermabrasion which gently buffs away the skin's surface layer and requires zero downtime. What's more? The results last for about one month. Try it today at Laser Clinics Australia.