What Type of Exfoliation is Best for Me?

What Type of Exfoliation is Best for Me?

Exfoliation is probably the 2nd most important step and the number 1 most misunderstood step of skin care routines. The type of exfoliation you need depends on a number of variables. Here we address all the different ways that we can properly exfoliate without causing damage based on our skin type and age.

 Exfoliant Type Skin Condition Age Range Weekly Need

Vitamin A


Wrinkles, Sun Damage, Acne Scarring 30's-60's 2x-7x a week

Beta Hydroxy


Pustular Acne, Oily Skin Teens-40's Daily

Alpha Hydroxy


Hormonal Acne, Acne Scarring, Wrinkles, Sun Damage 20's-50's 2x-Daily


Papaya Pineapple

Oily Skin, Acne Scarring, Sensitive Skin Teens-60's 2x-4x

Facial Scrubs

Skin with Beards All Ages 1x-3x


Very rarely will I suggest using a facial scrub because the benefits rarely outweigh the consequences of using this type of exfoliant. I tend to tell folks to keep the scrubs for their bodies and their feet as that skin can handle a more aggressive manual exfoliant.

There are also many types of acids and enzymes that fall within these categories. Some of the basics on what acids are good for what are:

 Type Used For
Glycolic Acid Hyperpigmentation, Wrinkles, Acne
Lactic Acid Brightening, Sensitive Skin, Uneven Skin
Malic Acid Hyperpigmentation, Sensitive Skin
Mandelic Acid Acne, Sensitive Skin
Salicylic Acid

Oily Skin, Acne, Congestion, Razor Bumps,

Ingrown Hairs


So while it can be really confusing to choose which acids are best for your skin we offer two suggestions: always choose a multi-acid approach as this helps you target 360 degrees of your skin needs without missing anything. Second, you can work with us directly to help you get the skin treatments that are best for you personally. This helps you save money, create the change you're desiring, and save your skin from troublesome formulations.

Here are some of Our Very Favorite Exfoliants:

Nuria Defend Gentle Exfoliator A gentle lactic acid-based gel that helps smooth out skin texture, brighten skin tone, and regenerate the skin. This nourishing chemical exfoliant formula works well for all skin types and textures.

Karuna Kombucha Daily Peel Pads These pads are formulated for daily use to help gently swipe away dead skin while fermented kombucha and glycolic acid help to brighten and firm skin tone. These are wonderful for more sensitive skin types as well as for users who use a retinol in the evenings.

Three Ships Beauty Superfruit Lactic + AHA Exfoliating Mask For the user who wants a weekly exfoliating treatment, this mask is for you. This chemical exfoliant treatment allows you to regenerate and rejuvenate once a week. It features AHAs to help smooth and brighten the skin.

If you're looking for more personalized suggestions for your skin needs, book in for a service or skincare consultation here at Juniper Skincare in Edina, MN or virtually to have Molly assess your needs and create a treatment plan that's customized to your skin needs and desired outcomes.

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