Exfoliators: Chemical or Mechanical?


Chemical or Mechanical?

By Erin Schweinsberg

TPM Senior Beauty Editor


Exfoliators are extremely important in your beauty routine! If you’re currently not using an exfoliator once or twice a week, then you need to add it into your skin care collection! Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, which is crucial in your journey to healthier looking, glowing skin. When it comes to exfoliators, you have 2 methods available, chemical or mechanical. Chemical exfoliators are either an acid or enzyme based formula, using popular ingredients such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or retinol; to exfoliate the surface of your skin. A mechanical exfoliator is either an abrasive substance or a beauty tool that buffs the dead skin cells away using friction. There is no wrong choice between the two, it will come down to personal preference once you’ve tried both methods and compared results. Some people will prefer a mechanical exfoliator because they can physically feel the abrasive substance buffing away their dead skin cells, other’s will enjoy the glow of a glycolic peel brightening their skin; and some consumers (such as myself) will alternate between the two methods and use both! Below are some of the most popular chemical and mechanical exfoliators, be sure to check them out!


Popular Chemical Exfoliators:

  1. Dennis Gross- Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel

$64.00- 8 Applications



2. REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

$55.00 – 1.7oz



3. Murad- Rapid Resurfacing Peel

$44.00 – 16 pack


Popular Mechanical Exfoliators:

  1. Kate Somerville- Exfolikate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment

$65.00 – 2oz



2. Boscia- Exfoliating Peel Gel

$34.00 – 5oz



3. Crème de La Mer- Replenishing Oil Exfoliator

$125.00 – 3.4oz


Erin Schweinsberg

My name is Erin Schweinsberg and I'm the Senior Beauty Editor for Trend Prive Magazine! I've been a makeup artist for over 10 years and I love this industry :) I grew up in Australia, but I've also lived in Europe, and I now live in Denver, Colorado in the USA. Being apart of this magazine is amazing, it gives me a chance to write about my passion and also contribute to helping people around the world with the donations we make. I believe we should always pay it forward, even if we know we may never get anything in return.

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