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Acure's Brightening Facial Scrub Is Safe for Sensitive Skin Types

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Best of Beauty
  • Best of Beauty
  • 2016, 2015


A vegan facial scrub made with walnut shells, lemon peel, and aloe to gently exfoliate and brighten skin

I don't use facial scrubs. Not because I don't like them (who doesn't like a sensorial cleaning experience?), but mostly because I can’t use them. Let me explain.

Last year, after discovering I have (oftentimes visible) broken capillaries, my dermatologist advised against exfoliating with physical scrubs and to avoid microdermabrasion treatments during facials — both of which can exasperate my sensitized skin. As you could probably imagine, I was devastated, as, at the time, my shower was stocked with at least a half dozen of exfoliators.

Luckily, today's facial scrubs come in gentle, sensitive skin-friendly formulas. Take, for instance, the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub.

The vegan scrub is formulated with finely grained walnut shells to physically slough off dead skin cells, French green clay to de-dunk clogged pores, and lemon-peel granules to chemically exfoliate and brighten skin.

And although it sounds like your standard scrub, Acure's version — made without parabens, sulfates, and mineral oil — is actually quite gentle and less offending than its exfoliating counterparts on the market. That's because, even with a cocktail of skin-sloughing ingredients, it's also made with aloe to soothe skin simultaneously. That's probably why I enjoyed using it so much.

At first glance, the jet black, gritty substance is, to be honest, kind of frightening. Aesthetically, it's not something I'm used to smearing on my face, but because it smells fresh and clean, I tend to forget all about the color and texture once I start using it. (My shower, on the other hand, can't say the same. After every use, the bottom of my tub looked like a post-apocalyptic war zone.)

But the results are worth the mess. After every use, which tends to be once a week, my skin looks and feels visibly smoother and brighter — never irritated. So, what I'm saying is, I guess I like facial scrubs now.