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Top 10 Face Scrubs

The Best Face Scrubs And Exfoliators For Glowing Skin This Summer

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There are certain steps almost every skincare enthusiast has in their routine—cleanser, SPF, a serum of some kind, and moisturizer, to name a few. But even the most expansive routines can sometimes overlook important aspects of skin maintenance. For example, beauty experts wax poetic about the benefits of general exfoliation, but a less popular practice deserves a spot in the lineup, too: physical exfoliation. Unlike chemical exfoliators, which exfoliate the skin via ingredients like AHAs and BHAs, physical exfoliators contain beads or particles that manually exfoliate the skin. Though physical exfoliators and face scrubs used to get a bad rap, the scrubs of today have come a long way, and thankfully, so has skincare knowledge.

When used in moderation, the right face scrub will gently slough away dead skin cells, increase cell turnover, and improve the efficacy of other skincare products. The result? Radiant, younger-looking skin that's free of acne, blackheads, scars, marks, fine lines, wrinkles, and pretty much any skincare woe shoppers can think of. There are tons of formulas out there for every skin type and concern, and finding the right one for a unique set of needs is crucial. 

How We Found The Best Face Scrubs

The below list uncomplicates online shopping with a range of facial scrub options, from splurge-worthy formulas to effective drugstore finds. As always, Rank & Style’s data-driven algorithm factored in social media buzz, best-seller lists, editorial recommendations, and more to rank and score each one. From squeaky-clean formulas free of questionable ingredients to best-sellers on a budget, keep scrolling to discover who made the cut. 

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April 25, 2023

Written By:Rank & Style

Product Expert:Georgia Jones

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Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub

Overall Score

4.4

10

Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub

4.77

4172 User Reviews

3.3

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

0

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

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Best Anti-Aging Face Scrub

WHAT IT DOES
Formulated with dead sea salt, this facial scrub works to buff away dull, dead skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, roughness, and wrinkles. It’s also enriched with kaolin, a type of clay that soaks up excess oil and restores balance to the skin’s natural moisture barrier. 

USER REVIEW
"I have very dry, sensitive skin and searched high and low my entire life for a good exfoliant that doesn't irritate or cause breakouts. This is the one! It works so well and keeps my skin soft and smooth. I've noticed my acne scars and hyperpigmentation have begun to fade since using it. Definitely keeping this in my skincare routine as long as I can!"

Cruelty Free

Cruelty Free


Wishful Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub

Overall Score

4.45

09

Wishful Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub

4.46

3698 User Reviews

3.3

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Face Scrub For Brightening

WHY IT MADE THE LIST
Formulated with AHAs, BHAs, and fruit extracts that work to reduce dark spots, smooth texture, and clear clogged pores, this Instagram-famous scrub earns major points for its ability to gently address almost any concern. Unsurprisingly, it’s also safe for use on every skin type. 

FROM THE EXPERTS
In a six-week study, 99% of participants agreed that their skin felt softer, 98% agreed that their skin had fewer impurities, and 93% agreed that their skin appeared brighter.

Cruelty Free

Cruelty Free

Clean Beauty

Clean Beauty


Clinique Exfoliating Face Scrub

Overall Score

4.45

08

Clinique Exfoliating Face Scrub

4.6

3227 User Reviews

3.3

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Face Scrub For Oily Skin

WHAT IT DOES
This water-based scrub is formulated to refresh and improve texture in combination and/or oily skin. Still, the minimal formula is on the creamier side, so it feels gentle while delivering powerful results. 

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW
It’s also allergy tested and free of gluten, alcohol, and fragrance.


Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Exfoliating Daily Facial Scrub

Overall Score

4.55

07

Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Exfoliating Daily Facial Scrub

4.6

36894 User Reviews

5

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

0

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Affordable Face Scrub

WHY IT MADE THE LIST
Formulated with hydrating soy extract and natural granules, this double-duty formula cleanses and exfoliates the skin, all while warding off dryness and sealing in moisture. For $10, it doesn't get much better than this.

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW
This brightening daily scrub is soap-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic.


Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub

Overall Score

4.55

06

Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub

4.6

8044 User Reviews

5

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

0

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Gentle Face Scrub

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT
Safe for even the driest skin types, this drugstore cleanser-scrub hybrid is gentle enough to use every day. Thanks to pH-balancing glycerin, your skin will feel plenty hydrated.

USER REVIEW
“I have very dry skin and suffer from eczema, so finding products that clean my skin without irritating it can be a challenge. This has become a staple in my skincare routine. It cleans my skin and reduces any buildup of dead skin, keeping my skin fresh. I use this along with the hydrating night cream from the same brand to keep it clean and hydrated throughout the day.”


Fresh Sugar Face Polish

Overall Score

4.55

05

Fresh Sugar Face Polish

4.62

2019 User Reviews

3.3

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Face Scrub For Dry Skin

WHAT IT DOES
The only word that comes to mind while using this exfoliator is “yum.” Whether utilized as a scrub or leave-on mask, the fruit- and plant-based formula brightens (strawberry), seals in moisture (brown sugar), and hydrates (plum and grapeseed oils), all while gently sloughing away dead skin cells. 

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW
If using as a mask, leave it on for up to 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Clean Beauty

Clean Beauty


Tula So Polished Exfoliating Sugar Face Scrub

Overall Score

4.55

04

Tula So Polished Exfoliating Sugar Face Scrub

4.67

4423 User Reviews

3.3

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Natural Face Scrub

WHAT IT DOES
This award-winning scrub contains natural exfoliating properties like sugar, pineapple, and papaya to deliver a gentle treatment and leave the skin looking smooth and bright. And thanks to probiotics, the formula locks in moisture and soothes the appearance of inflammation, too.

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT
Because sugar is water-soluble, this formula dissolves as you scrub to keep you from over-exfoliating.

Cruelty Free

Cruelty Free

Clean Beauty

Clean Beauty


SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub

Overall Score

4.6

03

SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub

4.73

1569 User Reviews

3.2

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Face Scrub For Combination Skin

WHO IT'S FOR
If you struggle with skin sensitivities for your combination skin, this micro-exfoliating scrub is for you. With hydrating ingredients like glycerin and aloe leaf extract, the formula leaves behind a smooth, radiant complexion without irritating the skin.

USER REVIEW
"Exfoliating scrubs are either too aggressive for my skin, or they leave me wondering if any exfoliating agents were present in the product at all. This one is just right. It's kind to my sensitive skin but leaves it feeling smooth and polished. A small amount is all you need."


Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment

Overall Score

4.7

02

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment

4.57

6978 User Reviews

3.3

Best Seller

5

Industry Recognition

4

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Face Scrub For Clogged Pore

WHAT IT DOES
This best-selling, quadruple-action formula serves as a cleanser, scrub, peel, and mask in just one tube. Powered by lactic acid and fruit enzymes, it works to clarify clogged pores in as little as one use.

FROM THE EXPERT
In an independent clinical study after just one use, 94% of women showed significant improvement in skin texture, and 100% of women showed significant improvement in the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Cruelty Free

Cruelty Free


Acure Brightening Facial Scrub

Overall Score

4.85

01

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub

4.51

21733 User Reviews

5

Best Seller

5

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Face Scrub Overall

WHAT IT DOES
Infused with exfoliating botanicals, this vegan scrub brightens the skin's appearance and delivers clearer skin over time. Ingredients like French green clay draw out impurities and detoxify pores, while Madona lily infuses the skin with antioxidants and replenishes moisture.

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW
This exfoliating scrub doubles as a makeup remover.

Cruelty Free

Cruelty Free

Clean Beauty

Clean Beauty

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