Chemical vs Physical Exfoliators – Skin Expert Advice

27 Mar 2023 | Category: Cosmetic

metroDr Ross Perry was asked by Metro to give his expert advice on exfoliators after cult brand Hey Bud’s new combo product hit the headlines. 

Most exfoliators either use chemical agents to remove dead skin cells, or physical agents to scrub the skin. Ross Perry, GP and founder of Cosmedics Skin Clinics told the Metro:

“Traditional exfoliants have been around for years and tend to have a scrubbing agent to get rid of the dead skin cells for a brighter, fresher looking complexion, but not all skin types are suitable for this type of traditional physical exfoliant, especially sensitive skin types.

“Chemical exfoliants are generally made up of Alpha Hydroxy Acids or fruit enzymes, which allow deeper penetration and work to dissolve and loosen the skin cells into the skin. They tend to work harder over a longer period of time as essentially; they are making way for newer, more hydrated cells to rise to the surface. Whereas physical exfoliants contain small textured particles that work to remove the dead skin cells so your skin feels fresh and clear after one use.”

Hey Bud is the brand behind the ‘Gentle Jane Exfoliator’ which combines both chemical and physical exfoliant. The product has had rave reviews for leaving skin smooth.

So can the combo approach work and is it good for your skin?

Dr Ross Perry continued:

“Yes you can blend chemical and physical exfoliants, but it’s important not to overdo it.

“You will know if you over-exfoliate as the skin will become sensitive and you may suffer from flakiness, red patches and dryness.

“Having said that, having a mix of chemical and physical exfoliants together in one product can have some real benefits to the skin. First off, you’re giving your skin a really good clean by lifting off the dead skin cells. But at the same time, you’re also allowing deeper penetration by way of the chemicals, which help to target anti-ageing, sun damage and uneven skin tone.

“It’s worth taking it slowly when using any type of new product on the skin in case of irritation or a reaction. For those will overly sensitive skin, I’d suggest just using on a small amount of skin in the first instance, as any product containing molecules can have an adverse effect.”

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Dr Ross Perry

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Ross qualified in 1994 at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London. His career includes NHS skin cancer reconstruction, work as a GP, as well as private cosmetic skin treatments.

He established Cosmedics Skin Clinics in 2003 and remains in charge as Medical Director. He is renowned for natural-looking use of non-surgical cosmetic and anti-ageing injections and is especially well known for dealing with unwanted skin lesions and blemishes (e.g. moles, cysts, warts skin tags).

Dr Ross Perry is frequently called upon by the media for his expert insights and comments on skin and beauty-related issues.



Non-Surgical Skin Treatments

For those looking to improve the appearance of their skin, cosmetic treatments are a popular solution. Cosmedics offers a range of popular non-surgical and non-injectable treatments that can be effective at refreshing the appearance of the skin and tackling signs of ageing. Options to consider include:

Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003. Over the last 19 years, it has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical skin treatments.

The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers. In addition, there is a range of medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics has 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol. Treatments are carried out by GMC Registered Doctors and Surgeons.

Call 020 7386 0464 or email to book an appointment.

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