I learned that there are two ways to exfoliate: chemical and physical. According to Alexia Wambua, esthetician and founder of Native Atlas, “chemical exfoliation uses a low dose of acids or enzymes to break down the bonds between the top layer of skin cells. Instead of physically scrubbing, chemical exfoliants loosen up dead skin and can penetrate the skin to loosen other impurities that can clog pores.”
Physical exfoliation is different. Let celebrity esthetician Candace Marino explain. “Physical exfoliation refers to anything that has an abrasive texture and requires a rubbing motion to slough away dead skin.” Physical exfoliants include mitts, scrubs, and yes, dermaplaning.