Does exfoliating make you break out?

I got a sample of Dr.Brandt anti aging lotion for mattifying purposes and ole henriksen new beginning exfoliator. I used the exfoliator twice and dr. brandt everyday since I got it. I really like the dr. brandt because its hydrating, not sure it actually mattifies or helps reduce the oil in my skin. The problem I have is that I broke out with 3 horrible pimples and 1 of them is a huge ingrown that hurts when i touch it. I'm wondering if it was the exfoliator cleaning out my pores or if it was the lotion and I should stop using it.

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Exfoliating with scrubs will just spread the bacteria around to other areas of your face. Do not use the exfoliator! Rather use a toner instead to remove the dead skin cells that will clog your pores

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