We’ve read the research: peels work for dry skin, scrubs work for oily skin, and the in-betweens will probably work for combination skin. But there’s a boundless bazaar of products out there—a rolling wave of exfoliation innovation, if you will. That’s precisely what makes it so difficult to separate the outdated from the road-tested. When the search engine results have you stumped, ask real girls for their opinion! We did—and here’s exactly what our regulars had to say about the best sloughers and buffers in the biz.

V&M Exfobomb, on sale at P356
Mary, 24, Oily Skin: “I’ve been using V&M Bikini Bomb for about 3 months when I came across [Exfobomb] here at BeautyMNL and I’ve got to say that it really stirred up the excitement of the beauty junkie in me. At first the consistency felt a lot like the Bikini Bomb, which is balm-like, so I looked at the label again and it said ‘exfoliating salve.’ So I’m like, ‘Okay, so where’s the rough little thingies?’ I scraped off a bit harder and there they are! I’m hooked!”

Mizon Vita Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel, on sale at P675
Clarissa, 29, Oily Skin: “I have never used any peeling products in my life and this was enough for my [delicate] and oily skin. The scent [is] a little chemically with a hint of lemon. There’s something satisfying about massaging your skin and seeing those old skin [particles] scrub off like wet tissue paper balls. This is now an integral part of my skin regimen and it really helped lighten my pimple scars. Will definitely buy another one once I run out!”

Banila Co. It Radiant Brightening Toner, P865
Kenza, Oily Skin: “This is probably the only toner that I actually liked. It feels so light on my skin, and I notice how well it exfoliates my skin. It honestly does what it claims to do. So glad that I had found this product. It is great for removing any excess makeup as well which is a plus for me because I have a bad habit of not cleansing my face thoroughly.”

Swan Facial Konjac Puff Sponge, on sale at P90
Loreine, 27, Sensitive Skin: “I don’t like using facial scrubs so this is a very good alternative for me. I love that you can use it with just water and your face will instantly feel smoother. I also love that it solves all my facial scrubbing concerns including the lips. For this price, this is highly recommended. I will get another one for my mom. :)”

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, P249
Abby, 32, Sensitive Skin: “My favorite exfoliators are those of St. Ives since they provide mild to moderate exfoliation to my skin, and are not too abrasive. This fresh skin apricot facial scrub makes my skin feel smooth and soft after use, and it also makes my skin look more bright and fresh looking.”

Pixi by Petra Glow Peel Pads, P1,390
Irish, 27, Combination Skin: “I really love these pads. I’ve used half of the tub, so that’s about a month of use or 30 pads. It’s a lot stronger than the Pixi Glow Tonic, because it has 20% glycolic acid. But, it doesn’t burn my face or make my skin peel terribly. I use this every night and just follow up with a moisturizer afterwards (a mild one without acids or harsh ingredients), because [my] skin might get a bit dry and flaky. I noticed that my old acne scars have noticeably faded and the pores on my cheeks have [shrunk]. That’s more improvement than when I was doing deeper monthly chemical peels.”

VMV Moisture Rich Mild-Mannered Cleansing Scrub for Dry Skin, P750
Rain, 25, Combination Skin: “I think I just found my cleanser holy grail! My skin, prior to using this product and the other products of VMV’s 3-Step Cleansing Line for dry skin, was super dry. After using the products from this line, however, my skin got a bit oiler but in a good way! I’m not breaking out but the dry patches on my nose have disappeared. After my first use of this product, I noticed that my skin was gentler and more supple to the touch. I even developed a bad habit of touching and rubbing my face after bathing because my skin feels soooo good.”

Holika Holika Smooth Egg Skin Peeling Gel, P435
Janice, Combination Skin: “I must say that the only reason I bought HOLIKA HOLIKA’s Smooth Egg Skin Peeling Gel was because of this egg-shaped packaging. But when I tried this, I was super amazed after I washed off the product from my face. The gel, upon hitting my face, turned to some powdery bits that looked like wet and balled up tissue paper and after gently massaging the product in for a while, it got chalky. I washed off the product to reveal the soft skin beneath. Don’t forget to moisturize!”

Céleteque DermoScience Hydration Gentle Exfoliating Wash, P140
Hannah, 24, Dry Skin: “This is my first time to use an exfoliating facial cleanser and I have no regrets buying this one. I don’t have the time for exfoliating masks especially the ones you have to leave for half an hour so this product really saves me a lot of time. Price is cheap too!”

Kosé Cosmeport Softymo Mineral Wash Cleansing Foam Scrub, P265
Miles, 44, Dry Skin: “It’s [so] mild that it’s good for everyday use. I’ve always had issues with dry skin. After using this, I have seen improvements with my skin. It helped diminish my dry patches in my face. I like that it isn’t strong smelling. Definitely would recommend this to anyone no matter what the skin type.”

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