The Trick to Invisible Pores

Barring regular pricey trips to a spa aesthetician, the quickest route to flawless skin is even more regular, assiduous exfoliation—twice a week minimum (or more, if your skin is of hardy stock). These scrubs all strike the elusive balance between gentle and super-powerful.

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CUSTOMIZABLE: MARK GO WITH THE GRAIN EXFOLIATING BEADS/THAT’S DEEP PURIFYING CLEANSER



You blend your own formula, chemist-style: Mix the dry grains into the cleanser so it’s as hardcore or mild as you want.
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GLOWIFYING: PHILOSOPHY THE GREAT MYSTERY ONE-MINUTE DAILY FACIAL



You don’t even have to rub this sea-salt/mineral/glycerin paste around to get the exfoliating effect; let it sit on skin for one minute and you will have extra-smooth, noticeably brighter-looking skin as soon as you wash it off.
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ANTIACNE: AVEDA OUTER PEACE ACNE RELIEF PADS



In addition to salicylic acid—which fights breakouts better than anything—the formula is full of skin-calming plant extracts (tamanu oil, saw palmetto, Indian gooseberry).
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INTENSE: MAC VOLCANIC ASH EXFOLIATOR



Aside from its inherent cool factor—the jet-black goo is made from the ash of a volcano—this is brilliant for serious skin buffing.
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MICRODERMABRASION-ESQUE: BIORÉ SKIN PRESERVATION MICRODERM EXFOLIATOR



The minute crystals in this are similar to what you’d find in professional (and way costlier) treatments; white tea and shea butter bring down redness.
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BLACKHEAD-OBLITERATING: OLAY DAILY FACIALS CLARITY DAILY SCRUB



This is low-key enough to use every morning—but it’s got a good dose of salicylic acid (2 percent) to ward off breakouts.

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