Physical VS Chemical Exfoliator — Which One Is Better For You?

By now, we can all agree that exfoliation is the key to smoother, clearer, brighter and glowing skin. However, the true confusion lies in picking out the right exfoliator that will work best for you!

Exfoliants on the market today are either physical or chemical. While they both technically do the same thing, they do so in very, very different ways.

I personally prefer the chemical one because it is much nice and gentle on my skin.

🖤BHAs – the most common is Salicylic Acid it’s well known for reducing acne by exfoliating the skin and keeping pores clear. The ones I use are @cosrx BHA Blackhead Powe Liquid and @deciem AHA 30%+ BHA 2%. I love them both, and I really seen changes on my skin while using them.

🖤AHAs – they help peel away the surface of your skin so that new, more evenly pigmented skin cells may generate and take their place. I’m using the @deciem AHA 30%+ BHA 2% once a week and for my body acne I use Glycolic acid 7% that really helps me.

🖤Retinol – helps neutralize free radicals to boost the production of elastin and collagen, this creates a “plumping” effect that reduces the apparance of fine lines. I’m using the one from @deciem Retinol 1% in Squalane
from which I see very good results.✨

🖤For physical (Aluminium Oxide Crystals) and chimical (Lactic Acid) exfoliation, once a week I use @drbrandt Microdermabrasion which really changed my skin. This product exfoliates without being abrasive, my skin looks more radiant and feels smoother and softer.

So what are your thoughts? Chemical or Physical? 🤍

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  1. BHAs come in different strengths. If you’re new to chemical exfoliation, have mild skin concerns or sensitive skin we would recommend a 2% lotion, if your skin is less sensitive and you have moderate skin concerns you can move to a 10% lotion.

    1. Irina spune:

      Thank you for sharing this with me.

  2. As for which method Dr. Chiu recommends to her patients, she notes that, as with most things in skin-care, it s not necessarily a one-size-fits-all situation. It depends on your face, your skin type and your needs. But with that caveat, she typically comes down on the side of chemical exfoliants, which she favors because they re less abrasive. This makes them a better choice for those with sensitive skin, acne, hyperpigmentation or dry skin. I generally choose a chemical exfoliant over a physical one, she explains. harsh than their gritty physical counterparts. Chemical exfoliants unglue dead cells to make them slough off the skin, versus irritating yourself with traumatic physical exfoliants which are a bit more likely to irritate, explains Dr. Chiu.

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