What Is The Difference Between Physical & Chemical Exfoliants?

Feb 27, 2018 | Daily Blogs | 0 comments

If the term “exfoliate” conjures images of gritty scrubs and raw skin, it’s time to re-examine your skincare collection. Exfoliants can take many forms – both physical and chemical – and understanding the difference can take your skincare routine to the next level. Read on to uncover which type of Eminence Organics exfoliant is right for your unique complexion.


Exfoliation is one of the most important – and least understood – steps in your skincare routine. When done properly, it removes dead skin cells and polishes your skin’s surface to allow better absorption of the toners, serums, and moisturizers that follow. With Eminence Organics, you’ll find both physical and chemical exfoliants that accomplish the task of smoothing your skin and preparing it for the next steps in your routine.


The Pretty Pimple defines a physical exfoliant as “a cleanser that includes tiny scrubbing particles that you can feel with your bare hands.” These tiny granules physically slough off dead cells from the skin’s surface, revealing the healthier skin underneath. All Eminence Organics physical exfoliants are free of harmful plastic microbeads. Instead, they contain naturally sourced, organic ingredients like the poppy seed and walnut found in Eminence Organics Pear & Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher.

Some Eminence Organics physical exfoliants are:

  • Pear & Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher
  • Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant
  • Almond Mineral Treatment
  • Rosehip & Maize Exfoliating Masque
  • Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser


A chemical exfoliant harnesses the power of naturally occurring enzymes and acids to remove dead skin cells at a much deeper level. AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) derived from natural substances like lactic acid (from milk) and citric acid (from fruit) remove the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together. BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids), like the salicylic acid naturally found in strawberries, are antibacterial and reach deep into pores to give skin a deeper clean.

Eminence Organics Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel is an example of a chemical exfoliant that uses pineapple and papaya (AHAs), as well as willow bark extract (a BHA) to gently dissolve the dead cells that have settled on the skin’s surface.

Eminence Organics has a variety of chemical exfoliants, including:

  • Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel
  • VitaSkin Exfoliating Peels
  • Radish Seed Refining Peel


The short answer: yes! Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant is an example of an exfoliant with both physical and chemical properties. Rice extracts gently buff and polish the skin’s surface, while the salicylic acid found in strawberries helps to break down the bonds that hold dead skin cells together.

These Eminence Organics exfoliants are both physical and chemical:

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant
  • Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System
  • Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser




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