We answer common questions about exfoliation We answer common questions about exfoliation

We answer common questions about exfoliation

Exfoliation is not something you should take lightly, although it is extremely necessary for glowy skin, too much of a good thing can be bad for you. These are common questions about exfoliation answered! 

Exfoliation is key to cleansing your pores, removing dead skin cells, and achieving a brighter complexion. But when used too frequently, it can cause exactly the opposite – dull, flaky, and irritated skin. 

Common questions about exfoliation

 Common questions about exfoliation

The frequency

To avoid over-exfoliating your skin, it is important not to exfoliate more than 3 times a week. The more sensitive your skin, the fewer times a week you should exfoliate. 

When to stop

If you notice breakouts, increased dryness, redness and flakiness, and even increased oil production can be a sign that you are over-exfoliating your skin. If you strip your face from its natural oils, it will react either by over-producing sebum or becoming too dry. If you notice any of these signs, avoid using any scrub or chemical peel until your skin barrier function is restored

A chemical or physical exfoliator

This will largely depend on your skin type and personal preference. Physical exfoliants are grainy lotions or gels that will physically remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Chemical exfoliants, on the other hand, are acid-based formulas that chemically remove debris from your skin.

When to exfoliate

Applying a toner after exfoliating will restore your skin's pH levels.  

Exfoliants make your skin more sensitive and more prone to sun damage, so it is better to do it at night. If you do it in the morning, make sure you apply SPF regularly. 

Exfoliator goes before applying toners, and double-cleansing, this will remove any remaining dirt and dead skin cells. Applying a toner after exfoliating will restore your skin's pH levels. 

The bottom line

Exfoliation is necessary for healthy skin, but doing it too much and too often can cause serious damage to your skin.

Aniela Dybiec

Aniela is a writer who loves art, makeup, and magick. She is also an amateur illustrator, a wellness fan and a vegetarian.+ info

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