While physical exfoliants use microbeads to purge the skin of impurities, chemical exfoliants use active ingredients such as AHAs and BHAs. These acids work to even out skin tone, dissolve dead skin cells and unclog pores, while creating a clean canvas for the rest of your skincare routine. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the six best chemical exfoliators to yield significant results.
Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser, Caudalie
Enriched with salicylic acid and grapeseed oil, this gel cleanser works to tighten pores, reduce excess sebum and reduce blemishes–all without drying the skin.
All About Clean™ 2-in-1 Cleansing + Exfoliating Jelly, Clinique
Using powerful salicylic acid, this exfoliant removes buildup from pollution, dirt and other impurities. It also acts as physical exfoliant by using silica beads and bamboo powder to remove dead skin cells.
Lemonade Smoothing Scrub, OleHenriksen
This exfoliating scrub quickly and visibly reduces the size of pores with hero ingredients including AHAs, lemon peel and sugar.
Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution, Summer Fridays
This 3-in-1 treatment exfoliates, brightens and reduces the appearance of pores. With 16 percent AHAs, plant-derived lactic acid and niacinamide, this chemical exfoliator will reset your skin overnight.
Good Genes All-In One Lactic Acid Treatment, Sunday Riley
Formulated with high potency lactic acid, this chemical treatment immediately unclogs pores and removes dead skin cells, while revealing smoother and more youthful-looking skin.
Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser, Tarte
This vegan exfoliating cleanser uses both AHAs and BHAs as well as lactic, glycolic and salicylic acids to dissolve dead skin, exfoliate and refine pores.
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