What is a Chemical Exfoliator?

March 19, 2024

You may have heard before that exfoliation helps improve the appearance of skin and is a must after a summer spent out in the sun. But while exfoliation can be a necessary step in your skincare routine, the harsh act of physically exfoliating by brushing and scrubbing might do more harm to your skin barrier than good. As the outermost protective layer of our skin, our skin barrier requires gentle nourishment and care in order for it to stay intact and thrive!

Rather than physically polishing away your essential skin barrier, using a chemical exfoliant can be much more beneficial and effective.

How Chemical Exfoliation Works

Chemical exfoliants work by applying a product with a specific ingredient to help break down and shed dead skin cells, which inherently minimizes congested pores and leaves room for new, fresher skin cells to grow. This allows the rest of your regimen to penetrate more deeply into the skin, making the products more effective. One standout chemical exfoliator found in Epionce products is willowbark extract, a botanical form of salicylic acid that helps prevent and diminish blemishes.

As with all skincare products, chemical exfoliation isn’t simply about choosing the right exfoliation ingredient. What also matters is the amounts used, the supporting ingredients that work in synergy with them, and the effectiveness of the overall formula without risking skin aggravation. Epionce is known for gentle and effective formulas. As a barrier-first company, we are highly selective towards our ingredients.

How Lytic Tx Exfoliates for All Skin Types

Our Lytic Tx products contain powerful ingredients that help cleanse pores while smoothing the visible appearance of skin texture and imperfections. Daily use reduces irritation and redness associated with blemishes and problem skin. Visibly helping to reduce the signs of skin imperfections working in conjunction with willow bark extract, some key supporting ingredients in our Lytic Tx products are:

  • Orange fruit extract, which has both antioxidant benefits and properties to help improve the visible signs of unwanted dark spots.
  • Meadowfoam extract, a very rich source of fatty acids that is a key component of skin structure and appearance. It’s a natural hydrator that helps keep skin feeling moisturized, and improves the appearance of rejuvenated skin.
  • Rosa canina fruit oil, which is known to help reduce irritation, improve the visible appearance of skin tightness, and reduce the signs of skin aging.

Along with these soothing and hydrating botanical ingredients, our Lytic Tx products include the additional powerful ingredients salicylic acid, azelaic acid, zinc pyrithione, and hyaluronic acid. Working together, they:

  • Help reduce the visible signs of red spots, dark spots, and rough patches.
  • Help reduce the visible appearance of oil.
  • Help attract and retain moisture within the skin barrier.

While Lytic Tx is a powerful standalone product, it’s also clinically proven to reduce the visible appearance of aging and skin unevenness when used in conjunction with Epionce Renewal facial products. This dynamic duo has been proven to provide better visible anti-aging results than even leading retinoids!

The best part about Lytic Tx? There’s one for everyone. These retexturizing products come in a full line adapted to every skin type, from dry and sensitive to oily.

A Chemical Exfoliator For You

Lytic Tx comes in four specific formulations, all designed for different skin types and concerns. The main difference between each formulation? The amount of pore-refining active ingredients. When used in conjunction with an Epionce Renewal Facial product, Lytic Tx products are clinically proven to improve the visible appearance of aging and skin unevenness. Our four Lytic Tx products are:

Lite Lytic Tx, a gentle-strength retexturizing formula that is best for dry/sensitive skin, including elderly and infant skin.

Lytic Tx, a moderate-strength retexturizing formula, ideal for normal combination skin.

Lytic Plus Tx, a maximum-strength retexturizing formula, best for oily/blemish-prone skin and for those with sensitive skin who are experiencing excess surface shine.

Lytic Sport Tx, a maximum-strength retexturizing formula, perfect for oily/problem skin. This low-lipid formula has the same benefits as Lytic Plus Tx, but is ideal for active lifestyles and humid climates.

What’s the most effective way to apply Lytic Tx? It’s all in the waiting! Allowing a Lytic product to sit on your skin for 5-7 minutes before applying another product is highly beneficial, as it allows the active botanical ingredients in each Lytic Tx to absorb into the skin and get to work.

We recommend always applying a Lytic Tx to dry skin after cleansing and following with a Renewal Facial product to prioritize the skin barrier and reap the best results.

What The Pros Are Saying

Our Lytic Tx products are favorites among the professionals for their adaptability and effective pairing with Renewal products. “I love the different acids in Lytic Tx,” says Bobbi Bullock, owner of BB Medical Esthetics in Boise, Idaho.  “And I also love that I can choose depending on the season, if I want the Lytic Tx, if I want to increase it to the Plus, or if I want the Lite.” In regards to pairing a Lytic with a Renewal Cream: “This is my favorite combo,” Bullock says. “And when I wake up in the morning, my face is fresh, it’s smooth, and it’s ready to go.”

Epionce’s “do no harm” approach to skincare means our products are efficacious yet gentle, never compromising the health of your skin barrier to achieve the results you desire. Ready to find the best Lytic Tx for your skin type? ​​Contact one of our Epionce Pros — trained skin care professionals who will provide in-person guidance tailored to your needs.

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