Editors' Picks: The Best Chemical Exfoliators

Lindsey Metrus

Lately, we've been waxing poetic about the dangers of using abrasive scrubs, especially if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin. As much as using a good scrub on our complexion feels like it has to be working, the not-so-immediately-apparent damage it's doing to your skin is rather frightening. According to celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau, over-scrubbing can cause dehydration, redness, and premature aging—yikes! Aren't those the things we're trying to prevent/remedy when we exfoliate? 

The answer to this beauty conundrum? Skip the scrubs. Says Rouleau, "From reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles to hydrating the skin and treating acne, using an exfoliating acid is the key to more youthful, glowing skin. These exfoliants include ingredients such as glycolic acid, AHAs, and BHA, and enzymes such as pumpkin, papaya, and pineapple." Here at Byrdie, we're big fans of chemical exfoliators. They're easy on our skin and give us that dewy glow we're always yearning for. So without further ado, below are our favorite chemical exfoliators ever. 

What's your favorite exfoliator? Please tell us below!

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