Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The Hit List

What’s the Worst Face Exfoliator…?

What brand/products win this category? What makes it so terrible?

Thanks to Meme for today’s topic!

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32 thoughts on “Hit List: Worst Face Exfoliator

  1. Sharon

    Kate Somerville Intensive Exfolikate, way too intensive and strong for my skin! I can’t imagine who can use this on a regular basis.

  2. Gwendolyn

    The St. Ives Apricot Blemish and Blackhead Control scrub is the worst! Now matter how softly I tried to use the scrub, it still painfully tore at my skin. And that besides, it never actually got any dead skin off of my face. So…it’s back to sugar-scrubs for me :)

  3. Vichy Normaderm Daily Exfoliating Cleansing Gel. The smell is harsh and artificial, and the grains are way too rough! The gel also has this “sticky” feeling to it. Definitely an icky product that I won’t repurchase!

  4. Unquestionably the St. Ives apricot scrub line. Good for feet and elbows, but way too harsh for the face.

  5. Courtney

    I know I’m going to get a lot of flack for this, but St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It leaves my skin raw

  6. Anything that uses apricot pits to exfoliate! O__o

    • Smidgeroo

      True dat! Nut shells and seashells both splinter like glass and are terrible for your poor skin! I like the Proactiv body wash for my face because of the round plastic scrubbie beads. :>

  7. Leah

    The Mario Badescu strawberry exfoliator.

  8. Julia

    LUSH Ocean Salt or St. Ives Apricot Scrub. I’m not a fan of any physical “face scrubs”, but these two are the worst.

  9. Gina

    The L’Oreal Go 360 exfoliator. I feel like it did nothing, even with the little pad it comes with. Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub Cream is by far my favorite.

  10. RM

    Queen Helene – Pomegranate and Raspberry
    this stuff burned my skin!

  11. Nikki

    Now I know I’m not going to use St. Ives scrub ever 😀 *super sensitive skin*

    • shelley

      Its best to use a scrub that has fine round particles (like a jojoba bead that rolls across the skin instead of one with fine jagged edges like the St.Ives Scrub that literally does more damage than good.

    • Maureen

      St. Ives makes a green tea scrub that I like, though.

  12. shelley

    St. Ives Apricot Scrub needs to be banned.

  13. Exfoliators that crumbles off your skin. They seem to also take imp moisture out of skin & mess to clean off face & clothing. If it says to wipe off, I would be hesitant. Best are those with micro beads, etc that wash off. My favorite is CLINIQUE’s once a week facial scrub & of course my Clarisonic. Black & white heads come off better if moisture is retained in skin & old skin removed.

  14. cyndi

    loreal go lean… prepare for cystic acne all over your face

  15. Julia

    Burt’s Bees willowbark scrub – it felt thick, almost waxy, kind of oily, and was difficult to rinse off. Yuck!

  16. Shalimar

    For me that would be St. Ives Apricot Scrub hands down, all versions. Every time I use it, I will break out in whiteheads. It never fails. Funnily enough it is the most beloved scrub sold in the US. Oh well.

  17. Yara

    St. Ives Apricot Scrub is the example of an old-fashioned scrub, which is not the best choice these days. I, personally use it as a foot and leg scrub…
    Contemporary scrubs (good ones)contain particles which are tiny polyethylene balls (beds). /// While things like crushed apricot pits are really traumatizing and too scratchy, so scrubs as such are not the best choice…
    Homemade scrub from grounded coffee would not be the best choice too – it is traumatizing…
    Sugar (as a scrub) is somewhat traumatizing as well, but it is quite softer and it melts…

  18. M.

    The original St. Ives Apricot Scrub. My poor pores!

  19. Gloria

    I tried the St. Ives Green Tea Face Scrub (I think it was for acne) and it did leave my skin raw some times but even though I have really sensitive skin I liked scrubbing and having it feel like it did something (even though it probably hurt my skin >.<). Right now I'm trying out the Biore Ice Scrub its gentler on my skin but the Green Tea Scrub had a better scent.

  20. TripletMomma

    I hated St. Ives Apricot scrubs as well. It never got the dead skin off of my face (I used to always have a patch on my nose and foundation or powder would make it look worse!), and it didn’t cleanse at all. I ended up breaking out so badly.
    Since, I have switched to Mary Kay’s microdermabrasion 2 step system 1-2 times a week, and not only is all the dead skin gone, my wrinkles and HUGE pores are gone as well. Thanks to my MK rep Shannon.

    • mary clay

      the worst exfoliator, in my opinion, is clinique! i used the one that says it’s for very oily skin. so, i used it in the shower and my face felt fine, but as the day went on, i began feeling itchy around and under my jaw and neck. so when i got home i looked at it and my skin was all red and bumpy. when i left it out of my regime, the rash went away!

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  22. Maggie

    St. Ive’s is the worst. The second worst I’ve tried is Bliss Pore Perfecting Facial Polish with the formulation as it was about four years ago (I have no idea if it’s the same now). The scrubbing beads are alright but some of the ingredients dried out my skin. I was recommended this because I had oily skin but ALL skin types should just avoid this.

    Because the action of exfoliating is inherently irritating to the skin, be sure to get an exfoliant with gentle inactive ingredients and if you want oil control, make that a separate step from exfoliation in the form of perhaps mattifying lotion or powder. If you’re going to go for a physical exfoliant, I recommend the Biore microdermabrasion one (I forget the exact name).

  23. I agree with all those who mention the St. Ives Apricot Scrub, although I think it works fine on feet. More recently, I tried one of Lush’s Sugar Scrubs on my body (thankfully not on my face). IT CUT ME. I don’t mean it left a scratch, either, it drew a surprising amount of blood. I’m normally a fan of Lush, but that was just scary.