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The 8 Best Face Scrubs and Exfoliators Out There


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A good exfoliator is the stuff of skin miracles: fighting acne, dull skin, and discoloration at home without even having to book a facial. Ahead, eight new and tried-and-true options you should be slathering on your face at the next possible opportunity.

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Josie Maran's signature argan makes the ultimate exfoliant in this powder scrub that mixes crushed argan shells and rice powder to buff away dry skin. Count on the added tea tree and green tea to help improve your complexion whether you're using it as a mask, spot treatment, or cleanser. 

Josie Maran Argan Exfoliating Cleansing Powder, $40; sephora.com

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No one wants her face rubbed raw, which is why this gentle, hydrating scrub is the ultimate cleanser for brighter skin. 

Skinceuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub, $30; dermstore.com.

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Created by Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Lancer, this specialized scrub looks to soothing natural ingredients like sea algae and lavender oil to avoid skin irritation, so it's worth the extra splurge.

Lancer The Method: Polish, $75; sephora.com

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Tightening pores and relieving clogged ones is the aim of this gentle, creamy scrub, so it's basically made to nip bad breakouts in the bud. 

Murad Pore Reform Skin Smoothing Polish, $30; sephora.com

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Combining physical and chemical exfoliants, this gentle scrub has a softer texture that's perfect for sensitive skin types. 

La Roche-Posay  Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub, $18; dermstore.com.

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Greasy skin gals: this is your holy grail face scrub. The mineral-rich clay granules work like a charm at sloughing away dead skin and sopping up excess oil, so you don't look like a shiny mess throughout the day. 

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant, $33; sephora.com.

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Algenist's clay-based exfoliant isn't pulling any punches when it comes to skincare. It's formulated with salicylic acid for a one-two punch of exfoliation and acne zapping, whether you're using it on certain spots or your entire face. 

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator, $38; sephora.com

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When you want to focus on repairing skin discoloration on a dime, look to this natural drugstore favorite to improve tone and repair dry skin. P.S. It smells great, too. 

Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Facial Scrub, $10; ulta.com

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