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What is your go to exfoliation for the face?


I'm looking for opinions on face exfoliation creams/scrubs etc. Can be DIY/natural/organic or store bought. My skin is very sensitive so I'm not looking for anything heavily fragranced or super abrasive. 

Also, is there anyone out there who has sensitive skin and uses a tool like the Clarisonic? What has your experience been? 
May 04, 2019 @ 09:44 pm

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I prefer to go the chemical exfoliation route and use glycolic acid and salicyclic acid. They help with my acne and they're not nearly as abrasive.
May 05, 2019 @ 09:57 am

Hey there!

One readily available natural DIY exfoliator for sensitive skin is brown sugar (do not use regular sugar as it contains sulphur). It can be mixed with honey and a few drops of fresh lemon juice, be careful with the quantity as it might give a tingling sensation. If you do not wish to use lemon just then simply crush some mint leaves and add to it. Mint helps to calm sensitivity and also helps fight acne.
Try and see if you can find all natural and light neem oil. It has greatly helped me with skin sensitivity as it has anti-bacterial properties.
Jun 05, 2019 @ 12:59 pm


The Clairsonic is a great tool, but I stick to masks and scrubs. I love the Biore charcoal whipped purifying mask. It is epic and great for sensitive skin.
Jun 05, 2019 @ 02:30 pm

Need More Details About Your Skin

What have you been using/have used in the past which caused you to react? Is there a certain ingredient (or more) which cause you to react? What is your budget like? Could you please tell me more about the characteristics of your skin (combination? dehydrated? dry/flakey? acne prone—what areas of face?).

With more insight, I can guide you to suggestions.

BTW: I've had the original Clarisonic MD (circa 2005-2006) and opened the first FOREO account in Canada for an online retailer in 2013). I know my stuff :)
Jun 05, 2019 @ 05:04 pm


I haven't tried the chemical route for exfoliation, as I don't suffer much from acne any more...I'm more prone to dryness than oiliness...but I'm also new to this whole skincare thing so maybe I'm missing something?? I like the idea of the brown sugar/honey/mint scrub.. that seems more up my alley...but I worry that the sugar might still be too abrasive for my skin...but it's worth giving it a try once. My biggest problem area is around my chin/under my bottom lip area and around my nose, it gets very dry. I also suffer from eczema so that's why I try to stay away from anything with fragrance or harsh chemicals. I've been lucky that I've managed to keep my face eczema free for the most part, but when my skin is dry, it's VERY dry and it is very bothersome. I would just like to find something that I could use to get rid of the flakiness when it does appear....that's why I am leaning towards the Clarisonic. I have also looked into neem oil and it's sitting in my amazon cart, I keep forgetting to order it!

Thanks for all your ideas and thoughts!!
Jun 05, 2019 @ 11:37 pm


Try this natural routine

Mix avocado, lemon and honey.

You can put a few drops of lemon if it is too strong for your sensitive skin.
Jun 06, 2019 @ 02:18 pm

Glad to help

If you feel sugar is too harsh on skin, use the powdered sugar. Honey will help in keeping the dry skin at bay. You can mix olive oil with a few drops of honey to use it as a hydrating pack around your rose.
Jun 06, 2019 @ 02:50 pm

Professional Suggestions for You!

Cleanser: Dr. Bronner's Liquid or Solid Castille Soap—Rose, Lavender, or Unscented (Baby) version. You should be able to find bottles/bars in any health food/natural/organic grocery store. A little goes a LONG way! Very gentle and inexpensive! Otherwise, I'd suggest using something from Avène or La Roche Posay—both of which are really soothing, but more expensive. If you'd like specific recommendations from these brands, let me know.

Exfoliant: Having owned my original Clarisonic MD since given one in 2005-06, I've heard that they're now not as well made or long-lasting as my original device (L'Oréal bought Clarisonic from Pacific BioScience in about 2009; PBS also sold its SonicCare line to Phillips at the same time), but with seemingly more "bells & whistles", colours, styles, gimmicks, and ... price tags. (advertising costs a lot!)

Also, I know that overusing the Clarisonic—even with a Delicate/Cashmere brush head—can compromise the skin's barrier, making it more susceptible to dehydration and discomfort. It's a great device for a deeper cleansing experience, IMO, but for someone with the characteristics you've described, it may exacerbate problems.

Therefore, I suggest ordering or buying a FOREO device from Sephora or beautyBOUTIQUE — both of which offer points, have great return policies (you can return online BOUTIQUE orders to any Shoppers Drug Mart or Murale), and if you order from Sephora you can also request a postage-paid return label to send something back if you don't have a store near you.

The FOREO is, in my experience, more gentle, hygienic, and less irritating. For you, I'd suggest the LUNA 2 Sensitive brush, retailing at $219 at both stores: beautyBOUTIQUE and Sephora. If you collect Sephora Rewards or PC Optimum Points, you may have enough accumulated to put towards a purchase or earn MORE—I find that the PC Optimum earns more quickly.

The other option is to try an extremely gentle, manual exfoliating scrub such as Clinique's classic 7-Day Scrub, which has perfectly spherical, round exfoliating grains to gently remove keratinized cells, without tearing at the skin. The brand can be found in all department stores, some Shoppers beautyBOUTIQUE stores but always available online, the Clinique site, Sephora, and London Drugs. However, if you have a Sephora near you, I'd go in and ask them to dram a sample for you to try before buying; Sephora is great for sampling.

A gommage/enzyme exfoliant is also really gentle! Avène, Phytomer, Decleor, and La Roche Posay make great ones.

If you invest in a FOREO, however, you're saving money in the long run, instead of washing it down the drain (products).

Eczema/Flakiness: Boiron's CICADERMINE ointment, all the way for the win! "Cicadermine" is the Canadian brand name for the French homeopathic company's iconic Homeoplasmine, coveted by makeup artists, scooped up at French pharmacies. Same product, different name. GREAT for chapped, irritated skin and lips; works wonders, and similar to Arden's 8-Hour Cream (but without the price tag or stink)! I had a local Pharmasave bring in some stock for their homeopathic section, but have bought it from Amazon Canada, and I believe it's also available through Well.ca. Super inexpensive, very concentrated, and extremely effective!

Not sure if you need moisturizer recommendations too, but if so, let me know :)

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Jun 06, 2019 @ 04:55 pm

I have sensitive skin too

I have very sensitive, clog prone skin in my 30s. My skin gets dull if I don't exfoliate 2-3 times a week. I do prefer using gentle acids to exfoliate instead of physical exfoliants. The Clarisonic worked pretty well but was just too harsh for my skin so I stopped using it altogether. The Clarisonic is also pricey so I would suggest trying some other methods first before buying it? Currently I use (and LOVE) Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off. The black sugar in it gives it just enough exfoliation without being harsh or irritating at all. I just massage it in gently, let it sit for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse it off. My skin looks and feels so smooth after use. After using this I've had people tell me I am glowing and ask what I use - not something I always hear so I attribute it partly to this mask. You could also try a tablespoon of brown sugar, mixed with just enough extra virgin olive oil to make a wet paste. Massage on your face then rinse and wash with your usual face wash. It works great and is very gentle - and easy to whip up in your kitchen! :)
Jun 08, 2019 @ 03:57 pm


Thanks you all so much for your ideas and input! I have a lot of info now I can go and try some things and see what works. I really appreciate all your opinions <3
Jun 11, 2019 @ 01:45 pm

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