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How To Use An Exfoliating Cleanser

As anyone who has ever suffered from acne, uneven texture, hyperpigmentation, or large pores knows — exfoliating is a necessary step to keep skin looking its best. However, many scrubs and acids can be too harsh to use on a daily basis, something many people with the above issues need in order to keep oil and dead skin build-up under control. An easy solution that’s both gentle enough for everyday use and effective at keeping skin looking smooth and clean are exfoliating cleansers.

Unlike traditional exfoliators, these hybrid products buff the skin’s surface as they help remove dirt, debris, and excess oil. Many exfoliating cleansers can also be used as face masks. They tend to have a creamier, smoother texture than your usual scrubs. This allows them to glide across your face and be easily massaged into the skin with less risk of scratching or damaging the surface of delicate skin.

They use ingredients like exfoliating seeds, minerals, and gentle resurfacing acids to keep skin smooth and slough off the dead skin that can clog pores or make skin look dull.

Ready to try one of these innovative multitaskers? Check out Kiehl’s exfoliating cleansers to discover which one is right for your skin type.


If you’re prone to acne, it means that your skin has the double whammy of excess oil and clogged pores. To keep acne-prone skin under control, we recommend trying an exfoliating cleanser that is designed to deep clean pores, soak up oil, and slough away dead surface skin without being too aggressive on broken out skin.

The Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser is a non-stripping foaming formula with Amazonian White Clay particles to help deep clean, gently remove dirt, debris, dead skin, and oil that can build up and contribute to breakouts. It’s also a detoxifier that can help eliminate surface toxins to give skin a fresh, healthy appearance.


While dark spots and post-acne marks usually start beneath the surface of the skin, its been shown that exfoliating the top layer of skin can help reduce the severity of its appearance by revealing the fresh skin hiding beneath the dead surface skin cells.

Our Clearly Corrective Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser is made specifically for those dealing with uneven skin tone and dullness. It gently exfoliates and helps purify skin of environmental pollutants for a visibly improved level of clarity. It’s formulated with a mix of White Birch Extract, Activated Vitamin C, and Peony Extract (a natural antioxidant).

Uneven Texture

When dead skin builds up, they can get stuck in pores which could lead to unwanted blackheads and flaky patches on your skin’s surface. Regular exfoliation is the best way to ensure this build-up doesn’t lead to bumpy, rough-textured patches. For best results, we suggest our Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion, a tri-weekly treatment that refines skin surface and conditions skin for treatment.

Men’s Skin

Men tend to have both larger pores and more oil than women. And, having excess debris, oil, and dead skin on skin’s surface can cause their pores to look larger and more visible. Daily exfoliation is key and men will benefit immensely from adding an exfoliating cleanser like the Kiehl’s Men’s Oil Eliminator Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash. The soap- and oil-free gel washes away surface oil, sweat, pollution, and embedded impurities without stripping skin. Formulated with crushed Apricot Seeds, it sloughs off dead skin to create a smoother surface and reduce the appearance of large pores.

Or, for those also concerned with anti-aging, The Kiehl’s Age Defender Dual-Action Exfoliating Cleanser is a daily face wash and mask for men that’s formulated with black Moroccan Lava Clay to deeply cleanse while exfoliating away excess surface dirt and oil. Use it morning and evening to cleanse skin’s surface, and up to three times a week as a deeper-cleaning treatment mask — leave on for five minutes for maximum penetration, then massage in a circular motion to allow particles to exfoliate for a refreshed, younger-looking appearance.

Simplify your routine and uncover brighter, smoother-appearing skin by adding one of these daily cleansing scrubs to your routine.

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