How to Choose the Best Exfoliant for Your Skin Type

Here’s everything you ever wanted or needed to know about Mario Badescu exfoliants and how to use them.


Sun protection, daily moisturization, and proper water intake are all crucial in achieving glowing skin, but the secret—the extra oomph—that can take your skin (and your skin care) to the next level is regular exfoliation. A smooth, even base is what we’re all after, so to achieve it, it’s essential that you remove the dead skin cells and any pore-clogging dirt, oil, or makeup that can build up over time. Doing so not only boosts clarity and improves skin tone, but also ensures that your skin can better absorb any products applied afterwards.

The key, however, is to exercise exfoliation in moderation. Too much scrubbing or overuse of exfoliating acids can dry out and irritate the skin. Limit it to one to three times a week, as per our aestheticians. If you have…



Exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Try:

  • Almond & Honey Face Scrub if you’re on the sensitive or ultra-parched side; it’s a gentle, creamy exfoliator infused with nourishing oils and purifying minerals.
  • Rolling Cream Peel with A.H.A., which combines manual and chemical exfoliation in a unique, mild formula. It highlights Lactic Acid and Peach Extract to help improve uneven skin tone, and any dead skin cells simply roll away. Plus—a blend of Shea Butter and Vitamin E replenishes skin for a softer, smoother, brighter complexion.



Exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Try:

  • Strawberry Face Scrub if you love the creaminess of Almond & Honey Face Scrub, but your skin craves a little more of that rejuvenating zing. This sweet, fruit-based exfoliant features real Strawberry Seeds to buff away dulling dead skin cells.
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub if you’re partial to a gel-based, physical exfoliant. This one features finely ground Ecuadorian Ivory Palm Seeds for an invigorating scrub-down. (Be gentle on your skin, though—use gentle yet firm pressure!)
  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser if you prefer an acid exfoliator. Use this in place of your daily cleanser for a rejuvenating deep clean.



Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Try:

  • Kiwi Face Scrub for an ultra-refreshing pick-me-up. Because Kiwi Seeds are smaller and firmer than Strawberry Seeds, this is the exfoliant we recommend for anyone who loves a fruity, rejuvenating scrub.
  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub is the perfect alternative to Kiwi Face Scrub if you like physical exfoliators, but prefer a light, gel base that rinses clean.
  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser is a best-selling favorite for a reason: it brightens, resurfaces, and refines to help improve the overall look of skin.



Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Try:

  • Botanical Exfoliating Scrub polishes and invigorates for fresh, soft skin. Unlike our cream-based exfoliants—which are designed to leave behind a nourishing veil of hydration, Botanical Exfoliating Scrub has a lightweight, gel base that rinses off without a hint of residue.
  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser if you’re partial to a resurfacing face wash. Use this up to three times a week as a supplemental cleanser to get that feel-good deep clean.



Exfoliate 3 times a week. Try:

  • Glycolic Foaming Cleanser a few times a week in place of your daily face wash, or…
  • Acne Facial Cleanser if you’re prone to T-zone congestion. Use it 2-3 times a week as you would Glycolic Foaming Cleanser—in place of your daily face wash—to give your skin a clarifying, pore-cleansing boost.



Focus on clarifying your skin first. Which means:

  • Using Acne Facial Cleanser twice daily. Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid highly touted for its ability to help rid the skin of dead skin cells—whose accumulation can cause congestions or lead to breakouts.
  • Do NOT use physical exfoliants while you’re experiencing active breakouts: they can irritate or tear at blemishes.
  • Once your skin is relatively clear, you can start incorporating Glycolic Foaming Cleanser into your weekly regimen to help diminish any uneven skin tone or texture.




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