Exfoliation is defined as “the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin”, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. There are two types of exfoliation: physical and chemical. Chemical exfoliation utilizes chemical agents to break up dead skin cells, allowing them to be washed away more easily. Examples of chemical exfoliants include alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), and poly hydroxy acids (PHAs). Chemical exfoliants provide numerous skin benefits, such as improving skin texture, increasing cell turnover, brightening a dull complexion, fading dark spots, clearing out pores, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and more. Plus, chemical exfoliants are typically considered to be easier on the skin than physical exfoliants.