What's the difference between physical and chemical exfoliation?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Physical exfoliants (scrubs) remove dead cells through friction. Chemical exfoliants (like salicylic acid) remove dead skin cells by dissolving the "glue" that binds them to other cells.


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