Being a tretinoin user, I never thought I would need something hardcore or super intensive to exfoliate. But, when I skip using exfoliating products, I can tell the difference in my skin’s texture and smoothness.
My skin doesn’t like exfoliating toners with AHA/ BHA/ even PHA. You must have heard how experts say exfoliating with wash off products are useless and such a joke, but hey, it’s been working out for me.
Your skin > common theories
Still, I am confident exfoliating alone without tretinoin won’t deliver the same acne-controlling effect on me.
Here are my HGs in exfoliating sensitive acne prone skin. Loved, and have been repurchased multiple times!
Juara Radiance Enzyme Scrub (IDR 535K)
Water, Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) Esters, Decyl Glucoside, Bamboo (Bambusa arundinacea) Stem Extract, Apples (Malus Frosts) Enzyme Extract, Gylcerin, Coco Glucoside, Rice (Oryza sativa) Starch, Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate/Caprate, Glyceryl Oleate, Carrageenan, Candlenut (Aleurites moluccana) Oil, Clove Flower (Eugenia carophyllus) Extract, Clove Flower (Eugenia carophyllus) Extract, Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) Extract, Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Extract, Burnet (Poterium officinale) Extract, Red Algae (Chondrus crispus) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aamla (Phyllanthus emblica) Fruit Extract, Tetrahydrocurcuminoids, Ferulic acid, Di-Potassium Glycyrrhizinate, Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) Leaf Extract, Coco-Caprylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Maltodextrin, Natural Fragrance, Sodium Levulinate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid.
I’m on my third tube with this one. In fact I love lots of Juara products, especially their body products, but this one is a must have.
It exfoliates both chemically and physically with fruit enzyme and bamboo-jojoba beads. Hence the natural ingredients, it never caused me reactions. Usually I’d apply this twice or three times a week after cleansing, massage it like facial scrub, let it sit while I brush my teeth, then rinse. Sometimes I’d let it sit a bit longer, and rinse when it starts to tingle.
The beads are very small but dense, so if you massage rather hard it’d be painful so be careful.
Cure Natural Aqua Gel (IDR 350k)
Water, Glycerin, Crosspolymer (Acrylares/C-10-30 Alky Acrylate), Dicocodimonium Chloride, Steartrimonium bromide, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, ginko biloba extract, rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, Butylene glycol.
This was my favorite exfoliator before I found the Juara one. Whenever I googled “exfoliator fragrance free sensitive skin”, this would pop out. It’s an aqua peeler type of exfoliator from Japan and had been “copied” by various brands, but I still find this as the cleanest, most no-frills one, so far.
There’s a debate how exactly this thing exfoliates, and whether the balls you see when rubbing this to the skin are really dead skin cells or not. I was hesitant as well at first, but then after using a little sample for a couple weeks, I could tell it really helped with dull skin, and little blemishes, when use 2 times/ week. Upon application, it does feel a bit painful when I massage this around the mouth area, and my face does feel quite dry and tight after use.
Singapore Watsons has this, or you can buy it off Amazon. If it’s possible, get someone to buy it for you when they travel to Japan 😊
These exfoliators work perfectly for my sensitive skin. You might find them too gentle for you, if you have normal skin types. They don’t offer miraculous results, but as I said, I can tell the difference when I stop using them.
For next post, I’m torn between recently purchased high end cruelty free makeup, or basic info about my skin for future readers’ references. Let me know which you prefer.
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