Last week, I reported on a fruity, fresh and "fun" face scrub (Mario Badescu Kiwi Face Scrub) that was a gentle buff for your face. I thought it would be interesting to write about a face scrub that was the exact opposite: MenScience Microfine Face Scrub.

It's like the Clint Eastwood of scrubs: serious, direct and no frills.

MenScience Microfine Face Scrub is—as you would assume from the word "science" in the brand name—all about chemicals. It's incredibly effective but if you're sour about parabens and acids, it's probably not for you. In fact, the only "natural" ingredients involved are allantoin (which sets off any irritant from the scrub) and aloe vera extract (again, helping restore a smoothness with anti-inflammatory properties and its moisturizing action). Aside from those two softeners, it's all Mr. Clean from here.

One of the main ingredients in MenScience Microfine Face Scrub is glycolic acid (an AHA). The alpha hydroxy acid is essentially used by most skin care professionals, so you know it's going to be more of a "treatment" than a leisurely exfoliation. Glycolic acid is known to shed the upper layer of the skin (be gone, dead skin cells!) so when combined with the microfine buffing beads (and I mean, the beads are pretty darn fine) it's quite a scrub on your face. There's also salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid), another serious ingredient that helps penetrate and exfoliate. It's known mostly as an anti-acne treatment, so expect the prevention of pore clogging and refining of skin texture. With the exfoliation process consisting of these two ingredients with the buffing beads, be prepared to completely remove the upper layer of your skin. Thankfully, the allantoin and aloe vera extract help reduce the abrasiveness (along with the common sense of light pressure during application).

MenScience Microfine Face Scrub is a gritty, scentless treatment on your face and I can assure you that it works just as fine as any other scrub I've tried (in fact, overall better than some scrubs in terms of effectiveness). But it's not recommended for sensitive skin types.

Just remember that MenScience Microfine Face Scrub is not really something you would pull out of your garden more than it is a product that you find in the medicine cabinet. There's a lot of harsh stuff here but if you're the type that likes to get that deep-pressure Swedish massage rather than aromatherapy, then this is right up your alley.

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Ingredients:

Acqua purificata (purified water), Decyl poliglucose (and) Ammonium laureth sulfate (and) Disodium cocoamphodiacetate (and) Cocamidopropyl betaine, Polyethylene, Glycolic acid, Salicylic acid, Triethanolamine, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) extract, Diatomaceous earth, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Allantoin.