Exfoderm VS Exfoderm Forte: Which One for My Skin?

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From sugar scrubs to salt scrubs, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), choosing a facial exfoliator can be challenging with all the different options out there! So which one should you use?

The type of exfoliator used should be based on skin type, sensitivity of skin, and frequency of use. It’s best to consult with a board-certified dermatologist to get an accurate skin assessment and a recommended protocol.

If your skin is in need of lightweight, daily exfoliation, you should ask your skin care professional about one of our Exfoderm® products. These exfoliating lotions work to remove dead skin and other debris that could be contributing to a dull, lackluster complexion. Not only will your skin look more radiant, but these products can also help to smooth uneven skin texture, resulting in an overall healthier-looking complexion. These exfoliators are absorbed into the skin, leaving a smooth, silky finish.

You may be wondering why there are two Exfoderm options. The answer is simple - one is for normal to dry skin and the other is for normal to oily skin. They also contain different key exfoliating ingredients. Read on to learn more about the differences and benefits of each product.


Exfoderm is recommended for dry or sensitive skin types. The greatest benefit of this lightweight lotion is its ability to promote natural skin cell turnover, helping to achieve a more youthful-looking, rejuvenated complexion. It exfoliates effectively, yet gently, removing impurities and promoting a brighter complexion.

The key ingredient is 6% phytic acid, which is a gentler acid that’s responsible for exfoliating the skin. Glycerin soothes the skin and provides deep hydration to minimize irritation.

Apply this lotion in the morning, and follow with a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

Exfoderm Forte*

Exfoderm Forte is recommended for oiler skin types, as it contains the following AHA key ingredients: 6% glycolic acid and 4% and lactic acid. These AHAs deeply exfoliate the skin, reduce oiliness and blemishes, and smooth uneven skin texture. They also minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a smoother, more youthful-looking complexion. Exfoderm Forte also contains glycerin to soothe and hydrate the skin.

Apply this product in the morning, and follow with a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

We hope this blog helped clear things up a bit (no pun intended). The good news is that no matter what skin type you have, one of these products will work for you. If you already use one of the Exfoderm exfoliators, let us know which one and please share how it’s working for you!

*Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

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