Exfoliation Products for the Face

Facial exfoliating products brighten skin to create a more youthful and dewier complexion.

Skin exfoliants remove dull dead cells in the top layer of your skin called the stratum corneum.

The stratum corneum layer of your skin has a brick and mortar like structure. Dead keratin protein filled cells are stacked in a lipid mortar. With age and sun damage this structure does not slough off with the same efficiency that it did in youth. This is one of the reasons that a complexion becomes duller with age. Exfoliation can reverse that.

How do skin exfoliating products work

Exfoliating products work in 2 ways:

  1. They can physically scrub off dead cells.
  2. They can use chemistry to loosen the ‘glue’ that holds the dead keratin filled cells together. Chemical exfoliating ingredients are called keratolytics.

Often chemistry exfoliation also helps the brick and mortar structure to become more compact, effectively creating a more youthful sheen to your complexion too. All chemical exfoliants are irritating and the key to using them successfully is to know your skin’s sensitivity and not go beyond its limits to the point where you have created irritation.

What are the best skin exfoliating products?

Physical exfoliation can be done with scrubs (such as my Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Scrub) or a Facial Exfoliating Sponge.

Chemical exfoliation is done with alpha hydroxy acids (Glycolic Acid Wash, Lotion, Cream), beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid as in my Acne Kit products and Triple Action Exfoliating Scrub which contains AHA/BHA and physical exfoliating beads), and retinoids ( such as my Retinol Night Cream and Advanced Corrective Eye Cream).

Tolerant complexions may be able to use a combination of these products. Sensitive skin, such as people suffering from facial rosacea, seborrhea or eczema, often do best with very gentle physical exfoliation. This is because in these conditions skin barrier integrity is too porous allowing the chemical exfoliants to penetrate skin too readily and lead to irritation.

Right after using a physical exfoliating product your skin may be more sensitive and absorb more of the next product applied. I always recommend to patients that after physically exfoliating, apply a soothing product such as my Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy, Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum or one of my Daily Face Creams.

Exfoliation is a great way to brighten your skin’s appearance to a dewier and more youthful look. It does require that you start gently and pay attention to how your skin tolerates products. Most people find a nice balance and get great benefits from exfoliation.

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  1. Dr. Bailey's Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Facial Scrub

    Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Facial Scrub™

    Get smoother, softer cleaner looking skin with a more luminous appearance with this magic combination of physical exfoliation and thermal clay deep pore cleansing.

    Regular Price: $55.00

    Special Price $49.50

  2. Dr. Bailey's Instant Skin Renewal Trio

    Instant Skin Renewal Trio

    Enjoy a new, winter escape and get rid of dull and dehydrated skin. Ring in the New Year with dewy, refined skin-texture and luminously-hydrated tone.

    Regular Price: $164.00

    Special Price $148.00

  3. Dr. Bailey's Anti-Aging Antioxidant Kit

    Anti-Aging Antioxidant Kit

    Dr. Bailey’s Anti-Aging Antioxidant Kit offers the best skin care products made today to help brighten your complexion and reduce wrinkles and age spots. It also protects your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and everyday stresses.

    Regular Price: $320.00

    Special Price $288.00

  4. Dr. Bailey's Ultimate Pigment and Sun Damage Repair Kit

    Ultimate Pigment and Sun Damage Repair Kit

    Fade an uneven complexion almost instantly with the best pigment lightening products. Reverse fine lines and wrinkles and return your appearance to younger days. This kit has everything proven to do the job!

    Regular Price: $406.00

    Special Price $365.00

  5. Dr. Bailey's Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

    Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

    Eco-friendly beads combine with AHA and BHA to instantly brighten your complexion. Loosen dull dead cells and uneven pigmentation. Renew skin luster to a more youthful glow and instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    $46.00
  6. Dr. Bailey's Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    This rich soap-free cleanser brightens your complexion and leaves your skin silky smooth and ready for your treating and correcting products. Ideal for all skin types including oily skin because it gently but thoroughly removes product, oil, dirt and debris from the skin surface.

    $34.00
  7. Exfoliating Facial Sponge 2 Pack

    Exfoliating Facial Sponge 2 Pack

    Gently exfoliates dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth and radiant.
    $3.00
  8. Dr. Bailey's Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Retinol is one of the best non-prescription skin care ingredients you can use to reverse the signs of skin aging. Every serious anti-aging skin care routine should include a retinoid product to improve your skin complexion quickly.

    $83.00
  9. Dr. Bailey's Retinol Ultra-Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Retinol Ultra-Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Ultra-high concentration retinol is one of the best non-prescription skin care ingredients to fight skin aging. A serious anti-aging skin care routine should include a retinoid product, and all-trans- retinol is the best non-prescription retinoid for the job.

    $94.50
  10. Dr. Bailey's Advanced Corrective Eye Cream™

    Advanced Corrective Eye Cream™

    6-in-1 technology to fight all eye-area problems in one cream! Advanced pharmaceutical-quality active ingredients in the correct balance to help fight aging and to improve the appearance of your eye area.

    $89.00
  11. Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream

    Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream

    The perfect AHA face cream for normal and combination skin. Available in 10%, 15% and 20% strength for all skin types

    $31.00
  12. Facial Glycolic Acid Kit for All Complexion Types

    Facial Glycolic Acid Kit for All Complexion Types

    Professional glycolic acid skin care products are among the best, non-prescription anti-wrinkle face creams that also fight sun spots. Glycolic acid rejuvenates and reverses so many of the signs of skin aging including: dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, crepey skin, sun spots, and crusty age spots. Glycolic acid also helps prevent clogged pores, including blackheads that can lead to pimples and acne. 

    $64.80
  13. Dr. Bailey's Men's Face Care Kit

    Men's Face Care Kit

    My Complete Skin Care Kit for Men fights facial redness and premature skin aging all at the same time. 

    Regular Price: $177.00

    Special Price $160.00

  14. Dr. Bailey's Pityrosporum Folliculitis Kit

    Pityrosporum Folliculitis Kit

    My Pityrosporum folliculitis is essential if you have that odd type of acne that both itches and hurts, has bright red pustules and tiny flesh-colored bumps studding your skin and that represent clogged pores.

    Regular Price: $110.00

    Special Price $99.00

  15. Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit™

    Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit™

    Most regular acne products are irritating to sensitive skin, but this acne treatment kit delivers the best acne medications at levels that are appropriate for sensitive skin.

    Regular Price: $61.00

    Special Price $55.00

  16. Dr. Bailey's Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength™

    Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength™

    Tolerant skin benefits from the high concentration of acne medicine in the Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength.

    Regular Price: $72.50

    Special Price $65.00

  17. Dr. Bailey's Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Our Dr. Bailey Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, formulated for sensitive skin types. This 2% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is strong enough to remove oil and debris from clogged pores while remaining gentle enough for most sensitive skin.

    $23.00
  18. Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™

    This extremely strong 10% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is the strongest acne cleanser I recommend. Regular use dissolves oil and black heads. It's ideal for tolerant skin.

    $27.00
  19. Dr. Bailey's Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads™

    Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads™

    2% Glycolic Acid and 2% Salicylic Acid acne treatment medicines are strong enough to treat stubborn acne but gentle on sensitive skin.

    $21.00
  20. Dr. Bailey's Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, Extra Strength™

    Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, Extra Strength™

    Tolerant skin benefits from 10% glycolic acid, which I think is the ideal concentration to loosen black heads. These medicated pads perform this feat while lifting oil and debris from the skin.

    $28.00
  21. Glytone Mild Gel Wash

    Glytone Mild Gel Wash

    This is an excellent exfoliating foaming cleanser that preps the skin for glycolic acid creams and lotions. It's an excellent cleanser for acne treatment or to exfoliate as part of an anti aging skin care regimen.

    $33.00
  22. Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #2

    Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #2

    AHA therapy with a light water base for oily skin. Perfect for acne and anti-aging skin care for people with oily or normal skin.I have patients use it to improve acne and rejuvenate skin.

    $46.00
  23. Glytone Facial Cream #2

    Glytone Facial Cream #2

    An extremely hydrating glycolic acid cream. It's a perfect starting point for beginning AHA therapy for dry skin types. 

    $52.00

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