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Dry Flakes and Body Acne Don’t Stand a Chance Against These Body Scrubs

Bestproducts.com Logo By Nicole Saunders, Julia Horniacek, Jennifer Hussein of Bestproducts.com | Slide 1 of 21: The skin on your body needs more than daily body washes in the shower — especially if you have dry or acne-prone skin. In order to dig deeper into your skin's pores to obliterate any gunk and flakes, a body scrub is essential.The Best Body ScrubsBest Overall: Frank Body Original Coffee ScrubIntensive Exfoliating Scrub: First Botany Arabica Coffee ScrubMost Affordable: Dove Macadamia & Rice Milk Exfoliating Body PolishGreen's Pick: Avène Gentle Body ScrubBest Luxury: Tata Harper Smoothing Body ScrubBest Salt Scrub: Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body ScrubThe Blemish Eraser: First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body ScrubA Scalp and Body Scrub: OUAI Scalp & Body ScrubBest 2-in-1: AHAVA Softening Butter Salt ScrubBest for Bacne: Hero Cosmetics Brave Body Scrub To help simplify your search for body scrubs, we reached out to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green, M.D., to learn about all things exfoliating — including the best ingredients in a body scrub and how often you should use one. We also explored how to correctly use a body scrub and shower gel, and what to do if you accidentally over-exfoliate.What to ConsiderIngredientsThe first thing to consider when shopping for a body scrub is the size of its granules. Green says there are two types available:Fine granules are mild, prevent over-exfoliation, and are safe for all skin types to use. Common examples of fine granules are crushed macadamia, sugar, sea salt, and coffee. Green is particularly fond of sugar because it is a humectant — meaning it pulls water to the skin for additional hydration — while coffee boasts anti-inflammatory properties.Large granules are rough and can cause micro-tears in your skin, so Green advises against exfoliants containing walnuts or apricots.Skin TypeYour skin type will also affect how you shop for body scrubs, notes Green, who is also a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Dry skin will soak up moisturizing body scrubs infused with hydrators like rosehip, avocado, and olive oils. Green also recommends exfoliators made with jojoba oil — which easily penetrates your skin — or coconut oil, a classic moisturizer that sits on top of your skin to help lock in hydration after you rinse off the scrub.Acne-prone skin will appreciate body scrubs made with chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid, an extremely popular ingredient that will help absorb excess oil. It will reduce annoying pimples and unclog blackheads stuck in your pores. There’s also glycolic acid, which can easily penetrate your skin and leaves behind a noticeable glow. After using a chemical exfoliant, follow up with an oil-free body moisturizer. FrequencyGenerally, you can safely use a body scrub two or three times a week, says Green. But certain skin types like oily, dry, and sensitive will want to adjust how often they scrub. Here, the New York-based doctor walks you through a few guidelines to consider, based on your skin type.Oily skin can get away with exfoliating at least three times a week because the sebum buildup in your pores that can clog your pores and cause acne. Dry skin can exfoliate once a week, and should always follow up with a body cream or lotion to lock in hydration.Sensitive skin can start weekly, and gradually increase the frequency to twice a week (and then three times a week), being cautious of any irritations that might occur. You can also patch test your body scrub before fully committing to regular body exfoliation.What Does This All Mean For You?Most of these scrubs smell amazing (though sensitive skin types can opt for fragrance-free options), and they make your skin feel soft, plump, and cleansed from head-to-toe. So, if your skin is feeling a little rough or bumpy, try grabbing one of these 17 best body scrubs to give your skin the soothing, detoxifying treatment it deserves — and don't forget to grab an exfoliating tool while you're at it.

The skin on your body needs more than daily body washes in the shower — especially if you have dry or acne-prone skin. In order to dig deeper into your skin's pores to obliterate any gunk and flakes, a body scrub is essential.

The Best Body Scrubs

To help simplify your search for body scrubs, we reached out to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green, M.D., to learn about all things exfoliating — including the best ingredients in a body scrub and how often you should use one. We also explored how to correctly use a body scrub and shower gel, and what to do if you accidentally over-exfoliate.

What to Consider

Ingredients

The first thing to consider when shopping for a body scrub is the size of its granules. Green says there are two types available:

  • Fine granules are mild, prevent over-exfoliation, and are safe for all skin types to use. Common examples of fine granules are crushed macadamia, sugar, sea salt, and coffee. Green is particularly fond of sugar because it is a humectant — meaning it pulls water to the skin for additional hydration — while coffee boasts anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Large granules are rough and can cause micro-tears in your skin, so Green advises against exfoliants containing walnuts or apricots.

Skin Type

Your skin type will also affect how you shop for body scrubs, notes Green, who is also a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

  • Dry skin will soak up moisturizing body scrubs infused with hydrators like rosehip, avocado, and olive oils. Green also recommends exfoliators made with jojoba oil — which easily penetrates your skin — or coconut oil, a classic moisturizer that sits on top of your skin to help lock in hydration after you rinse off the scrub.
  • Acne-prone skin will appreciate body scrubs made with chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid, an extremely popular ingredient that will help absorb excess oil. It will reduce annoying pimples and unclog blackheads stuck in your pores. There’s also glycolic acid, which can easily penetrate your skin and leaves behind a noticeable glow. After using a chemical exfoliant, follow up with an oil-free body moisturizer.

Frequency

Generally, you can safely use a body scrub two or three times a week, says Green. But certain skin types like oily, dry, and sensitive will want to adjust how often they scrub. Here, the New York-based doctor walks you through a few guidelines to consider, based on your skin type.

  • Oily skin can get away with exfoliating at least three times a week because the sebum buildup in your pores that can clog your pores and cause acne.
  • Dry skin can exfoliate once a week, and should always follow up with a body cream or lotion to lock in hydration.
  • Sensitive skin can start weekly, and gradually increase the frequency to twice a week (and then three times a week), being cautious of any irritations that might occur. You can also patch test your body scrub before fully committing to regular body exfoliation.

What Does This All Mean For You?

Most of these scrubs smell amazing (though sensitive skin types can opt for fragrance-free options), and they make your skin feel soft, plump, and cleansed from head-to-toe. So, if your skin is feeling a little rough or bumpy, try grabbing one of these 17 best body scrubs to give your skin the soothing, detoxifying treatment it deserves — and don't forget to grab an exfoliating tool while you're at it.

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