Exfoliate: 1) To peel off scaly skin spontaneously. The skin exfoliates from the palms and soles in Kawasaki's disease and Reiter's syndrome. 2) To deliberately wear away the top layer of skin, as may be done gently by a facial technologist who applies a topical skin treatment for cosmetic purposes, or more aggressively by a dermatologist treating acne.
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