I’m pretty big on exfoliation, whether it involves using chemical exfoliants like AHAs and BHAs or just a physical scrub. What I hadn’t really considered adding to my routine, however, was an exfoliating glove. I know what you’re thinking. It sounds totally weird and unnecessary, right? Well, maybe to some, but I asked a dermatologist, who thinks otherwise.
Board-certified dermatologist Brendan Camp, MD, breaks down what this random product is and the benefits offered when you give it a go. “Exfoliating gloves are mitts made of a rough-textured yarn or [other] material that is typically used in the shower with a cleanser to polish and buff the skin,” says Camp. “Exfoliating gloves aid in the natural process of exfoliation, or removal of dead skin cells. The benefits of [using] exfoliating gloves include smoother and more radiant skin, improved penetration of skincare products, prevention of ingrown hairs, treatment of keratosis pilaris, and prevention of acne breakouts.”
The best part? Most exfoliating gloves are dirt cheap—I’m talking $5 cheap. There is, however, an important note Camp has before he can fully give you the green light to try for yourself. “Because over-exfoliation can cause dry, irritated, red, or sensitive skin, exfoliating gloves are best used only once or twice a week,” he explains. This is important if you have sensitive skin, but there are also glove options on this list that are gentle enough to be used daily. For a few of Camp’s favorite exfoliating gloves and some of our own recs, keep reading below.