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Does anyone know what the main difference is between a cleanser and a scrub and what the benefits of each are? For years I used St Ives Apricot Scrub with the strange mindset that harsher = better but I've now switched to the St Ives Cleanser for combination skin and since doing so the skin on my chin appears to have calmed down quite significantly. I'm sometimes prone to deep, painful nodules (I think that's the right definition) in this area so is it possible that the sharp grains in the scrub cause irritation?

How often should scrubs be used?

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If you have active acne I would recommend a chemical exfoliant rather than a scrub. You'll get the exfoliation you need but it will be less irritating to your skin. Just be sure not to use any exfoliant more than is recommended on the package. They made it, they know what they're talking about. And I think you're on the right track using a more gentle cleanser, especially if you're using any sort of topical treatment you really need to be careful that your regular skincare isn't too harsh.

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