The Exfoliator BHA + Clay Facial Scrub

4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 Stars (586 Reviews)
(Based on 586 reviews)
4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 Stars (586 Reviews)
(Based on 586 reviews)

This deep cleansing exfoliation treatment helps to unclog pores, remove impurities, and buff away dead skin cells to give you smooth, renewed skin.

2.02fl oz / 60 ml

Key Benefits:
  • Smooths skin texture
  • Gently exfoliates
  • Unclogs pores
Key Ingredients:
  • Salicylic acid
  • Kaolin clay
  • Diatomaceous earth
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The Exfoliator is a far more refined exfoliation experience from the harsh facial scrubs of the past. This gentle but powerful deep cleansing treatment combines proven chemical and physical exfoliators to smooth skin’s texture and restore radiance.

Safe for sensitive skin types, our microbead-free facial scrub is powered by salicylic acid (BHA), pulverized kaolin clay, and diatomaceous earth. Together, these ingredients gently draw out impurities, absorb excess sebum, and unclog pores.

Hydrating and soothing niacinamide (vitamin B3), glycerin, allantoin, and vitamin E help to replenish moisture and comfort skin throughout the exfoliation process so that you are left with nothing but calm, baby-soft skin.

Use weekly to improve the absorption of your other skincare products and enhance the overall effectiveness of your skincare routine.

Instant results transform skin from dull and rough to bright and smooth with less visible pores
  • BHA salicylic acid penetrates deep into pores full of oily sebum to help clear them
  • Pulverized kaolin clay and diatomaceous earth gently buff away dead skin and unclog pores
  • Clay minerals such as kaolin can absorb excess oils and impurities, as well as having antimicrobial activity

A hydrating formula soothes and tones skin throughout the exfoliation treatment process
  • Powerful anti-inflammatories niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and allantoin calm skin during treatment
  • Passion flower and honeysuckle extracts with witch hazel water further soothe, tighten, and tone skin
  • Hydrating glycerin-based formula leaves skin moisturized

Use up to 2-3 times weekly for best results. Wet face and gently massage onto skin using circular motions until the desired level of exfoliation is achieved. Avoid contact with the eyes. Wash off thoroughly with water.

Key Ingredients

Salicylic acid, kaolin clay, diatomaceous earth



Supporting Ingredients

Niacinamide (vitamin B3), allantoin, passion flower extract, witch hazel water, honeysuckle extracts, glycerin


All Maelove products are safe for sensitive skin, made in the US, vegan, cruelty-free, non-comedogenic, gluten-free, and free of parabens, phthalates, dyes, and artificial fragrances. We don't use ingredients that are banned in the EU or in the USA.


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Product Reviews

4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 586 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 509 Total 4 star reviews: 46 Total 3 star reviews: 15 Total 2 star reviews: 7 Total 1 star reviews: 9
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586 reviews
  • PC
    Paula C.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Acne and blemishes, Dryness, Fine lines and wrinkles, Dark spots
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Easy To Use, Gentle
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 week ago
    Really works!

    My mature skin was having trouble with milia on forehead and some on cheeks. This has greatly improved with the use of this scrub! They have gotten smaller and one disappeared completely. Milia usually require removal from a dermatologist but this has helped tremendously!!

  • AH
    Autumn H.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Dryness, Oil control, Fine lines and wrinkles, Sun Damage, Normal
    How old are you? 45-54
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Great texture, Easy To Use, Unique, Gentle, Dramatic Results
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 weeks ago
    Perfectly balanced exfoliator

    Not to intense but does what I hope sit would do. My skin looks and feels amazing after.

  • MD
    Marjorie D.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Acne and blemishes, Fine lines and wrinkles, Sun Damage
    How old are you? 35-44
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Great texture, Great Ingredients
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 weeks ago
    Renewing

    This scrub makes my face feel fresh and new

  • TW
    Teri W.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Dryness, Fine lines and wrinkles, Redness and sensitivity
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Dry
    Product Standouts Great texture, Gentle, Great Ingredients
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Gentle and Effective

    I love how gentle and effective this scrub is. I don’t get any irritation or redness, yet it leaves my skin refreshed and smooth to the touch. Excellent product.

  • SD
    Sarah D.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 months ago
    Feels amazing

    The BHA is a great exfoliant, and the clay component makes the overall scrub feel like you're getting a deep but gentle clean

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For the Curious

Since ancient times, exfoliants have been used to improve skin youth and vigor. In modern times, chemical exfoliants in the form of hydroxy acids, and physical exfoliants that mechanically exfoliate dead skin cells have emerged as the prime means by which the natural process of skin renewal can be complemented (Kornhauser et al. 2010).

In younger adults, the skin's outer layer fully renews about every month. However, as we age, this rate can slow down by up to 50%, and the skin's natural shedding process diminishes. This build-up of dead skin cells can cause the skin to appear more uneven and lackluster, make pores seem enlarged, and highlight wrinkles more prominently (Rodan et al. 2016).

Regular exfoliation can instantly unveil a more radiant, smooth, and youthful complexion. Moreover, exfoliants aid in clearing blocked pores, which can alleviate acne concerns. Clay-based scrubs are beneficial in absorbing excess sebum and impurities, ensuring the skin remains clear and purified. Consistent exfoliation can also kickstart the skin's revitalization process which mimics the renewal process in younger skin (Kornhauser et al. 2010).

Hydroxy acids are the main chemical exfoliants as they loosen cell to cell adhesions between dead skin cells allowed for easier removal. Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) salicylic acid in particular is widely used due to the fact that it is fat-soluble and able to penetrate deep into the pores of the skin which are full of sebum. Sebum is an oily substance secreted by sebaceous glands in your skin located within the pores. While sebum is useful in helping the skin be waterproof, it can also accumulate in the pores collecting dirt, pollutants and dead skin cells, ultimately clogging the pore and leading to the formation of acne. Salicylic acid can help unclog pores helping keep skin clear and clean and is often used in the treatment of acne (Kornhauser et al. 2010).

The key benefit to mechanical exfoliation is that results are instant. By rubbing physical exfoliators across the face in circular motions, dead skin cells are gently buffed off. In the past, harsh exfoliating scrubs have employed microbeads or large particles that could lead to micro-tears and skin damage, increasing redness or acne breakouts (AAD). In recent times, gentle mechanical exfoliants such as pulverized kaolin clay and diatomaceous earth have been employed to safely exfoliate skin with very fine particles. Further, clay minerals such as kaolin in particular are considered effective cleansing agents as they can absorb excess oils and impurities, as well as having antimicrobial activity (Awad et al. 2017, Gubitosa et al. 2019).

Please consult your doctor before using this product while pregnant. While the CIR states up to 2% salicylic acid is safe to use while pregnant, some doctors may say to avoid it altogether as high concentrations of salicylic acid are harmful to the developing fetus (Chien et al. 2016). It is recommended to discontinue use of this product while nursing. At Maelove, we recommend that you first speak with your doctor about this ingredient to get their opinion. Please check out our extended writeup on how to treat acne while pregnant.

Kornhauser A, Coelho SG, Hearing VJ (2010). “Application of hydroxy acids: classification, mechanisms, and photoactivity.” Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology. 3: 135-142.

Rodan K, Fields K, Majewski G, Falla T (2016). “Skincare Bootcamp: The evolving role of skincare.” Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open: e1152. Doi:10.1097/GOX.0000000000001152.

Kornhauser A, Coelho SG, Hearing VJ (2010). “Application of hydroxy acids: classification, mechanisms, and photoactivity.” Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology. 3: 135-142.

American Academy of Dermatology Association. “How to safely exfoliate at home”. https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/skin-care-secrets/routine/safely-exfoliate-at-home

Awad ME, Lopez-Galindo A, Setti M, El-Rahmany MM, Iborra CV. “Kaolinite in pharmaceutics and biomedicine.” Int J Pharm 25:533(1): 34-48.

Gubitosa J, Rizzi V, Fini P, Cosma P (2019). “Hair Care Cosmetics: From Traditional Shampoo to Solid Clay and Herbal Shampoo, A Review.” Cosmetics. 6(13): doi: 10.3390/cosmetics6010013.

Chien AL, Rainer B, Sachs DL, Helfrich YR (2016). “Treatment of Acne in Pregnancy.” J Am Board Fam Med. 29: 254-262.

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