There are different types of exfoliation and depending on the formulation of the facial exfoliator as well as your skin type, they work in different ways. Chemical exfoliation typically uses ingredients such as acids that dissolve the bonds holding dead skin cells on the skin’s surface so they can shed more easily. Physical exfoliation uses small particles to manually detach dead skin cells so they can be rinsed away. (Skin care brushes provide physical exfoliation as well.) There are also other ingredients, such as  retinol, that provide exfoliating benefits as well.
Professional exfoliation treatments such as chemical peels and the Hydrafacial® treatment can enhance the results achieved with at-home facial exfoliators. These  office-based treatments  can be customized for your skin type as well as your skin concerns. Consult your  skincare professional  to learn more about professional exfoliation treatments.
Facial exfoliators come in various formulations, including  cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, and other skin care treatments that contain exfoliating ingredients. Regardless of your preferred method of exfoliation, these products help improve the appearance of skin radiance, uneven skin tone, and the feeling of smoothness. Exfoliation results may be visible immediately and long-term use can help support the skin’s production of collagen.