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What's the difference when exfoliating either with a wash cloth or those cream soapy things with little granulate in them?

Either way you are gently scrubbing or is there a difference?

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:08 PM on Jun. 24, 2011 in Beauty & Style

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  • There is a difference. I actually find that the washcloth "rubs" more and actually irritates more. Gentle exfoliating beads do practically nothing. Coarser exfoliation like the grains in proactive or Swiss Ives Peach Scrub take a layer off without the irritation.

    Depending on your skin type, exfoliation may or may not be good for you.

    Current trend has moved towards a more chemical exfoliation using glycolic acid, salicylic acid, AHA, or stronger dermatologist apllied products.


    Answer by ImaginationMama at 10:39 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • A wash cloth is too coarse, unless you use baby wash cloths ( I'm an aesthetician, and those are what I use during facials and on my own skin), yet those won't exfoliate. A good scrub has man made cylindrical beads in it, so they won't tear your skin. St. Ives is a natural apricot kernel, but it can do damage such as cause couperose skin. Also note, a scrub should only be used twice a week, and not at all on a break out. If your skin is naturally oily, once a week is enough and try not to use your index fingers when exfoliating, instead, use your middle and ring fingers, in circles, gently.

    Answer by clarity333 at 1:38 AM on Jun. 26, 2011

  • IDK but the other two posters have some good info ~

    Answer by tasches at 1:30 PM on Jun. 28, 2011

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