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By Donna Freydkin

If it's glowing and radiant skin you're after, you'll likely need to exfoliate. After all, it's exfoliation that apparently keeps Pharrell Williams and Heidi Klum looking ridiculously young (Williams is 45!).

What is exfoliation?

Exfoliation is "the process of removing dead cells from the surface of the skin. As dead cells accumulate, they interfere with light reflection, giving a dull appearance. Exfoliating can help improve skin radiance and even skin tone," said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a New York-based dermatologist.

Exfoliating can help keep your pores unclogged and your skin free of blemishes by reducing the amount of bacteria (yuck!) on your face. It gives your skin an instant glow. It helps your visage feel fresh and invigorated.

But before you go scrub-mad, Zeichner had some advice so you don't wind up with irritated, angry, blotchy skin (speaking from experience as someone addicted to exfoliators).

"You should look for an exfoliator that matches your skin need," said Zeichner.

(Of course, consult with your dermatologist before embarking on any skin care regimen, or if you have specific concerns or questions).

But, it can be overwhelming to sift through the hundreds of scrubs and exfoliation products out there to find the best one, so we've done the work for you.

Face scrubs for oily or acne-prone skin

"Look for a product that contains salicylic acid. This beta hydroxy acid helps remove excess oil from the skin while exfoliating," said Zeichner.

Here are a few of our favorite face scrubs for oily and acne-prone skin:

1. St. Ives Fresh Skin Face Scrub, $4, Amazon

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This is one of Amazon's best-sellers, and for good reason. "An oldie but a goodie," said one TODAY editor. "It's always sure to slough off dead skin cells and build-up."

2. ARCONA Cranberry Gommage, $45, Amazon

Also available at Dermstore.

This is a shower staple of mine, and truly, really works. It's fine, doesn't strip your skin and smells subtly of berries.

3. Tom Ford Exfoliating Energy Scrub, $49, Nordstrom

Also available at Sephora.

If you use this brand, you cannot go wrong. This is great for oily skin (like mine), and the crushed apricot seeds help remove impurities.

4. Colbert MD Intensify Facial Discs, $70, Dermstore

Not only is Dr. Colbert an absolutely stellar dermatologist (speaking from experience), but these wipes help diminish dullness, fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

Face scrubs for dull or aging skin

"Look for products that contain alpha hydroxy acid like glycolic acid. It is water-soluble and does not penetrate past the outer surface of the skin, where it can remove dead skin cells," said Zeichner.

Here a few of our favorite face scrubs for dull and aging skin:

5. M3 Naturals Premium Activated Charcoal Scrub, $16, Amazon

"Oh yeah that GLOW is amazing!!" wrote one Amazon reviewer. Sold!

6. Chanel Gommage Microperle Eclat Maximum Radiance Exfoliating Gel, $45, Nordstrom

Also available at Macy's.

I'm obsessed with this exfoliator, which is powered by pearls and orange blossom concentrate. It's not too gritty or too fine. It's just right.

7. Bobbi Brown Radiance Boost Superfine Walnut Grain & Orange Oil Exfoliating Mask, $51, Sephora

Also available at Nordstrom.

"It's infused with tiny bits of walnut grain which, while I rinse the mask off with warm water, act as a quick scrub that make the skin look fresh and polished," said one TODAY editor of this go-to.

8. Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub, $32, Amazon

Also available at Dermstore.

This tried-and-true favorite uses natural corn cob meal to get rid of those dead cells. Just read some of the, ahem, glowing reviews!

Face scrubs for sensitive skin

"Look for a manual exfoliator. You have complete control over these products as you can put as much pressure as you'd like on the skin as you use them," said Zeichner.

Here are a few of our favorite face scrubs for sensitive skin:

9. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, $30, Amazon

Also available at Sephora.

These are alcohol-free, and can be used on sensitive skin. They make for a great way to really get your face clean when you're wearing SPF creams and makeup.

10. Image Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque, $33, Amazon

This is an editor favorite because "this one does not have rough grains in it, so the product goes on smoothly, which is great for my sensitive skin. Bonus: it has a wonderful orange scent!"

Face scrubs for dry skin

11. Fresh Sugar Face Exfoliator, $62, Sephora

Also available at Nordstrom.

I think this makes my skin look brighter every time and the sizable sugar granules feel luxurious when they melt on your skin.

12. Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub, $28, Sephora

This scrub foams lightly and is made with a blend of walnut powder, ginseng and chamomile extracts. "This cleanses but doesn't overly dry my skin either," wrote one Sephora reviewer.

13. Crepe Erase Refining Facial Scrub, $20, Amazon

Also available at Walmart.

"Not gritty and gentle on my delicate skin. I like it and use it twice a week," wrote one Amazon reviewer.

14. SUSANNE KAUFMANN Enzyme Peel, $68, Net-a-Porter

I grew up in Germany, so I have a special affinity for skin care from that country. And I highly recommend this peel, made from active plant ingredients. It’s perfect for sensitive skin.

Face scrub for men

15. ELEMIS Energising Skin Scrub, Smoothing Face Exfoliator, $45, Amazon

Also available at Dermstore.

This one is for guys, and happens to help prevent ingrown hair.