From longtime scarring to premature aging, so many factors can lead to rough, uneven skin. As early as now, you should know it’s going to be hard to pinpoint exactly what’s causing yours. But here’s one thing we know for sure: when it comes to smoothing things out, exfoliants get the job done.

Whether they come in scrub, peel, or pad form, exfoliants even out your surface texture by removing dead skin cells. But that’s just the Cliff Notes version. See just how far your exfoliant can go with our top 5 picks, below.

1. PHB Ethical Beauty Gentle Jojoba Bead Exfoliator, P1,125 Trade damaging microbeads for gentle, nature-sourced jojoba beads. These have smooth edges that won’t scratch at already-rough skin! This scrub by PHB Ethical Beauty also contains skin-renewing sea buckthorn in addition to the jojoba. It can whisk away dead skin cells and boost the production of new skin at the same time.

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2. Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea, P1,100 If you spend long hours outdoors, the sun exposure will catch up to you. So, to keep your skin from looking leathery, give it a dose of camellia extract. These peeling pads by Neogen are packed with the stuff. Rich in antioxidants, camellia can smoothen and tighten weather-beaten skin, leaving it soft and bouncy. The fact that these pads are both a manual and chemical exfoliant is purely a bonus!

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3. By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep, P1,250 Uneven skin texture can show up in the form of dry patches and fine lines. And as your body ages, it loses its ability to quickly renew your skin—which means you’re stuck with your troubles for a while. One way to remedy this is with a mild AHA like mandelic acid. FYI, By Wishtrend’s blend contains 5% of it! This gentle acid stimulates cell turnover, so your skin can heal itself at a faster rate. With continued use, this toner can soften the appearance of wrinkles, too.

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4. Pixi By Petra Glow Peel Pads, P1,390 Acne scars are one of the most common causes of unwanted texture. (If you often pick at your pimples, you’ll know what we mean.) But don’t worry, that’s nothing a powerful AHA can’t fix. These Pixi pads, for instance, are infused with 20% glycolic acid. In just a sweep, they can melt away stubborn buildup and gently polish your surface texture. No more roughness, dullness, or dryness—just a healthy glow!

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5. Leiania House of Beauty Milky Lemon Peeling Gel, P495 Of all the skin types, dry skin tends to suffer most from textural issues. This is often due to dry patches and flaking, which can lead to extra sensitive skin. For non-painful exfoliation, opt for an organic blend like this one from Leiania House of Beauty. Its delicate gel formula lifts away dry, dead skin and combats dullness with a dose of brightening Vitamin C. So, besides a smoother complexion, you get a healthy glow, to boot. Safe even for pregnant mommies!

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