ex·​fo·​li·​a·​tor | \ (ˌ)eks-ˈfō-lē-ˌā-tər How to pronounce exfoliator (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Despite the benefits of using an exfoliator, overuse can lead to redness, irritation, and even breakouts. Allure, "The 11 Best Exfoliators for Every Skin Type," 1 Dec. 2019 Boscia Dope Deal: Buy a cleanser, mask, or exfoliator and get the second one at 50 percent off November 29-December 2 with code WBLKFRI19 . Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Best Black Friday Deals For Skin Care Enthusiast," 27 Nov. 2019 The gentle chemical exfoliator keeps my pores clear, helps with my pigment issues, and never irritates my skin. Nicole Catanese, Marie Claire, "This Is the Dewy Skin Routine I’ll Be Using All Winter Long," 11 Nov. 2019 Korean skincare has also developed innovation to include water activated enzyme exfoliators, which are popular because the enzymes remove the dead skin without damaging the healthy skin underneath. Taylore Glynn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eight Skin-Transforming Secrets from a Korean Facialist," 22 Aug. 2019 On the hunt for your next sensitive skin-friendly scrub or peel and not sure where to start? Read on for some of the most gentle and effective face exfoliators dermatologists swear by. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "10 Gentle Exfoliators Dermatologists Recommend for Sensitive Skin," 1 Aug. 2019 The scrub, on the other hand, contains kiwi seed oil (high in vitamin C) in addition to coconut oil, and uses sugar, a natural source of glycolic acid, as an exfoliator. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kylie Skin's Summer Collection Just Launched," 23 July 2019 Solution is an acne-fighting liquid exfoliator containing a mix of potent acids. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Glossier Is Launching Its First Acne Product," 17 Jan. 2018 Instead of using a balm and foam cleanser, J-beauty relies on ultra-rich oils and ultra-gentle exfoliators to get the job done. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "I Tried a Japanese Skin-Care Routine for a Month, and These Are the Results," 9 July 2018

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Exfoliator.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exfoliator. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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