: a mechanical or chemical agent (such as an abrasive skin wash or salicylic acid) that is applied to the skin to remove dead cells from the surface

Examples of exfoliant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, reach for a chemical exfoliant such as The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Exfoliating Toning Solution. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 16 June 2023 Chemical Exfoliation Take your favorite chemical exfoliant and apply gently in small, circular motions after cleansing. Erin Warwood, Women's Health, 6 June 2023 Chemical exfoliants fall under two categories: alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). Marisa Petrarca, Allure, 27 Oct. 2023 The award-winning polish has a gentle exfoliant texture– formulated with a physical and enzymatic exfoliator– which can be applied then left on as a mask for up to 10 minutes. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 16 Oct. 2023 Steer clear of fragrances and essential oils, too, and give your skin a rest from any chemical exfoliants or other strong, sensitising acids. Kelsey Castañon, refinery29.com, 14 Sep. 2023 Just be careful not to use anything too heavy or greasy, since this may push your exfoliant further into the skin and cause irritation. Danielle Jackson, Women's Health, 10 Aug. 2023 The Charcoal Body Bar is an energy channeling exfoliant formulated with rice powder and jojoba seed oil. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 30 Aug. 2023 This Paula’s Choice exfoliant has more than 60,000 5-star reviews on Amazon. Lacey Muinos, Health, 4 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exfoliant was in 1983

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“Exfoliant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exfoliant. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition


: a mechanical or chemical agent (as an abrasive skin wash or salicylic acid) that is applied to the skin to remove dead cells from the surface

called also exfoliator

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