If we had to enumerate all the must-have products for glowing skin, an exfoliator would definitely be part of that list. It's how we can remove all those dead skin cells, helping it reveal a newer, more radiant complexion.
However, one should not take any exfoliator at face value, because we should be using the right ones for our skin type. What's more, over-exfoliating our skin can cause irritation and redness, so you really have to be extra careful!
To find out how to pick the best exfoliators for your skin, let's turn to dermatologists Dr. LJ Maxfield and Dr. Muneeb Shah of the YouTube channel Doctorly. Scroll down to find out their recommendations!
Oily or Acne-Prone Skin: Salicylic Acid (BHA)
If you suffer from breakouts or impurities on the regular, salicylic acid is a lifesaver. It's a type of beta-hydroxy acid that's oil-soluble, which means that it can get deep into those pores to remove excess oil and bacteria that may be in your skin. Overall, it's great for fading dark spots, preventing acne, and toning down inflammation!
Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, P880, PAULA'S CHOICE, $29.50 (approx. P1432), paulaschoice.com
Dry Skin: Lactic Acid (AHA)
According to Dr. Shah, lactic acid is great for dry skin because it exfoliates the skin and acts as a moisturizer. It can also help stimulate collagen synthesis and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, which are always a plus!
Lactic Acid 10% + HA, P685, THE ORDINARY, Beautymnl
Sensitive Skin: Mandelic Acid (AHA) & PHA
Mandelic acid is a gentler, sensitive skin-friendly option compared to other AHAs because it doesn't penetrate that deeply into the skin. That said, it's still great for getting rid of those dead skin cells! The same goes for polyhydroxy acids or PHAs, a gentle acid that works exclusively on the surface of the skin, making it less likely to cause irritation.
Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep, P1250, BY WISHTREND, Beautymnl
PHA Toner, P825, THE INKEY LIST, Beauty Bar
Normal or Combination Skin: Glycolic Acid (AHA)
To those lucky to have normal or combination skin, the dermatologist recommend the ever-popular glycolic acid. This powerful alpha hydroxy acid works to dissolve dead skin cells, so you can have smoother, brighter skin. It tends to work faster than other AHAs as well, since it's able to penetrate the skin deeply (which is why you may feel a tingling feeling, but that means it’s working!).
Kale-lalu-yAHA, P1750, KRAVE BEAUTY, gobloomandglow.com