Benefits of facial scrub

If you’ve ever walked through your favorite beauty store, you definitely would have been bombarded with a different product with each promising you clearer skin with less greasiness. Things could go awry when you realize there are different products that can be used to wash your face. Face wash, cleansers, and even scrubs. How and which do you pick? What are their benefits to the skin?

This article would focus on the benefits of facial scrubs and why you should have your face scrubbed more often. I would also explain the difference between a face wash and a face scrub along with the steps on how to get your face scrubbed.

What is facial scrub and face wash  

A facial scrub is a cream based product that contains small particles and other ingredients that help in exfoliating the top layer of dead and dry cells from the skin. The skin on the face is more delicate than the skin in other parts of the body. It requires special attention from time to time and this is why it is advisable you scrub your face as much as possible. Also, regular scrubbing of the face can help keep your skin smooth and shining. Some scrubs come with moisturizers which nourish the skin after removing dead cells buried underneath the skin

A face wash is a liquid foaming cleanser for the face which is used to remove dirt, oil, and deep-seated debris within the skin by using a foaming action. A face wash is usually confused with a cleanser, by women.

While a face wash needs to be washed off your face in order to remove the dirt and oil on your face, a cleanser dissolves the grime on your face immediately it’s applied. It is non-foaming in nature and it doesn’t have to be washed off your skin as with a face wash.

What is facial scrub

The difference between facial scrub and face wash

Having a face wash and a face scrub in your closet is great but you should know the difference and when to use either one. To simplify things further, I will explain the difference between the two and how to use each one. A face wash is to be used daily before you shower.  It is a liquid foaming cleanser to be used on the face for removing debris on the skin. A facial wash can be applied daily in the morning or at night. The only thing to note here is to avoid mixing it with other facial products especially when you use it before going to bed.

How to use a Face wash

The following steps should be followed when using a face wash:

  1. First, you wet your face with water and lather evenly
  2. Massage your face for about 20 seconds with your hands.
  3. Rinse your face to remove the dirt and oil.

A face scrub, on the other hand, is a mild abrasive that contains little exfoliating particles and other ingredients that help in removing the top layer of dead cells from the skin. The skin on the face is more delicate than the skin in other parts of the body. It requires special attention from time to time and this is why it is advisable you scrub your face as much as possible.

Dermatologist recommends that you scrub the face 2-3 weeks weekly, unlike a face wash which can be used daily, especially before you shower.

How to use a Face scrub

The steps to follow for using a face scrub is similar to the steps used for a face wash.

  1. First, you wet your face with warm water.
  2. Apply a small amount of scrub to the fingertips
  3. In a circular motion, apply the scrub to your face
  4. Then rinse off to reveal a smoother and brighter complexion


Things to note before you scrub your face

Facial scrubs can enhance your skin health and appearance if done properly. There are a couple of things that you should know before you decide to scrub your face. Facial scrubs come with product warnings on skin types that they are well suited for, possible allergens and adverse interactions with other facial products.

1.) Sensitive skin

If you have a sensitive skin, it is best you go for a mild short-contact facial scrub. This is the only way to avoid irritation as gritty scrubs would be too harsh on your skin. I usually use a cool washcloth dabbed into the water to sweep away dead skin cells. This has to be applied on your face in a circular motion to get results.

2.) Dry Skin

Scrubbing won’t strip your dry skin because it would be difficult for the particles to penetrate your skin. Dry skin can also trap the oil and moisturizer that would make it difficult to transform your dull skin to dewy. In other to get that brighter look, go for a light facial scrub that uses fine particles and Vitamin B5. I recommend the Simple Skincare’s Smoothing Facial Scrub for ladies with dry skin.

3.) Day or night

You can scrub your face either during the day or at night. You have to be careful when scrubbing at night so as to avoid mixing with some facial products that have retinol in them. This can make it difficult to remove the dead cells from the skin.

4.) The Eye area

Some facial scrubs are made for sensitive areas of the face like the eye tissue. Always check the label on your face scrub before use to avoid complications.

Benefits of facial scrub

There are many benefits of facial scrub and why you should exfoliate your skin more often such as:

1.) Better Skin Tone

Exfoliating, whether via a mechanical scrub or a chemical treatment helps correct poor skin tone by removing dry and damaged cells on the skin. It removes the dead cells created by poor pigmentation and it reveals newer and lighter skin cells underneath.

2.) Younger Looks

Most dermatologists recommend scrubbing your face 2-3 times a week. Regular use of a face scrub will lead to a younger and youthful look that would hide the eye bags and the wrinkles on your face. The problem with face scrubs is that due to its results, users are usually tempted to overuse it, which leads to negative effects on the skin. It is always advisable you stick to the recommended plan of usage.

3.)  Acne Breakouts

A facial scrub contains salicylic acid, which has been found out to prevent acne disappear from the skin. Face scrubs provide the ingredients that fight and prevent acne from developing on the skin. If you are currently suffering from acne, then I recommend you scrub your face often.

4.) Residual buildup

A face scrub goes deep into the deep layers of the skin and it is effective at removing the top layer of dead and dry cells in the skin. It works well at digging out the grime as well. Unlike a face wash, which works well with superficial buildup and cleansing; a face scrub can go deeper into the skin and remove any residual buildup that could affect your skin complexion.

5.) Spot Prevention

Sebum, naturally occurring oil which causes pores to clog on your skin is one of the contributors to a spot prone skin. Sebum is one of the reasons why you have spots and blemishes on your skin. A skin that is regularly scrubbed would prevent and control the production of sebum and grime making your skin brighter.


My name is Halena Martin and I am a former dermatologist. My time, as a dermatologist helped me gained a significant experience and I've decided to share my knowledge with the rest of the people, through this website. I am always open to new suggestions and I answer to all the comments.

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