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The Power of Exfoliation

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In the quest for a healthy and glowing complexion, a well-rounded skincare routine is essential. While cleansing, moisturizing, and sun protection are commonly known steps, one crucial aspect that often goes overlooked is exfoliation.

Exfoliation is the act of removing dead skin cells, revealing a fresh, revitalized complexion underneath. This step can help with many skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, acne, and dullness. Read on to explore the different types of exfoliation and the benefits of each in your routine.


Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator


Breaking It All Down

When it comes to exfoliation, there are three main categories: manual, chemical (or plant acids), and enzymes.


Manual Exfoliation

Manual exfoliants feature tiny granules or particles that manually buff away dead skin cells when massaged onto the face. Picture a gentle, spa-like treatment in the comfort of your home.

Facial scrubs come in various formulations, making them suitable for different skin types. For oily and acne-prone skin, look for scrubs like Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliator which uses walnut shell and fruit enzymes to help unclog pores and clear skin.

If you have dry or sensitive skin, opt for a gentler scrub like Apoterra’s Hibiscus Exfoliating Mud with ingredients like honey, rosehip oil, and oats.

Chemical Exfoliation & Plant Acids


Indie Lee Clearing Mask

Chemical exfoliants work by dissolving the bonds between dead skin cells, revealing a smoother texture underneath. In more clinical settings, they are often called peels.

Common chemical exfoliants include glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and lactic acid.

Best For Hyperpigmentation: Glycolic Acid

Derived from sugarcane, glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) with impressive exfoliating properties. It’s ideal for those with sun-damaged or mature skin as it helps improve skin texture and minimize the appearance of fine lines.

Truth Beauty Glycolic Acid Pick: Sahajan Brightening Mask

Best For Acne: Salicylic Acid

This beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) is excellent at preventing clogged pores and breakouts. Salicylic acid penetrates deep into the pores, dissolving sebum and debris that cause breakouts. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, this natural exfoliant is your best friend for keeping those zits at bay.

Truth Beauty Salicylic Acid Pick: Indie Lee Clearing Mask

Best For Dullness: Lactic Acid

Like glycolic acid, lactic acid belongs to the family of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) but is derived from milk or fermented plant sources. Lactic acid works by gently exfoliating the outer layer of the skin, removing dead skin cells, and promoting cell turnover.

Truth Beauty Lactic Acid Pick: Acure Inter-gly-lactic Shimmer Serum

Acure Resurfacing Inter-gly-lactic Shimmer Serum

Fruit Enzymes

Fruit enzymes are a natural exfoliant derived from various fruits like papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin. They work by breaking down the proteins that hold dead skin cells together on the surface of the skin. This exfoliation removes dry, dull skin and helps promote an even complexion and overall glow.

Fruit enzymes are antioxidant-rich and gentle, making them great for a beginner. If you’re interested in giving fruit enzymes a try, Shamanuti makes an excellent Pumpkin Enzyme Masque with skin-loving ingredients like pumpkin, bilberry, and ginger.

Are you still wondering which exfoliant is best for your skin? Leave us a comment below with your skin concerns or send us a message on Instagram @thetruthbeautycompany and we will provide you with a personalized recommendation.

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