Experts have it down: Exfoliating is essential for your skincare regimen. But, not everyone is comfortable with shedding their skin, especially those with sensitive skin. People with sensitive skin worry about damaging their delicate skin. People with dry skin prefer to avoid flaking. We understand that you all have concerns, and exfoliation can seem risky. We’re here for you (and your skin)!
What does exfoliating do for your skin?
The first thing we need to do is dispel your fear. Although exfoliation sounds scary, it is quite simple and can be very beneficial. Exfoliation is simply the process of shedding dead skin cells that can make your skin look dull and unnatural. You can get rid of those dead cells and produce new skin cells that give you healthy, glowing skin. Who wouldn’t want this?
You may wonder if skin renewal happens naturally. Then why would we need to use all these products and treatments? Unfortunately, our skin is affected by many factors, which can cause our bodies not to be able to keep up. Skin can become damaged by sun, pollution, stress, and inappropriate skincare products. This can lead to skin problems. Some people experience dry, dull skin, while others have oily skin that clogs their pores. Let’s face the facts, we all age at a rapid pace, which means that our cellular turnover naturally slows down. No matter the reason, exfoliating regularly helps restore the skin to its best form. This brings us to the next question.
Exfoliating is safe for all skin types?
Yes! Yes! Thanks to the constantly evolving beauty market, we have easy access to many skincare brands, treatments, and DIY products.
There are two things you can control if there is anything to worry about: (1) Knowing what type of exfoliation works best for your skin and (2) how often it should be done.
Different types of exfoliation: What should I do?
While most of us are familiar enough with chemical and mechanical exfoliation, the real magic is knowing which one is right for you. We’ll cut through the technical jargon to save you time.
Sometimes called manual or physical exfoliation. The term mechanical or physical exfoliators are used to remove dead skin cells by using physical and immediate means. You rub the products directly against your skin, such as a cleansing scrub, brush or a konjac sponge. Goodbye gunk, hello fresh face!
This is especially helpful for people with dry and flaky skin. For sensitive skin types, you might want to consider the next step.
This is why exfoliation has been criticized for its negative reputation. This involves using acids that penetrate deeply into the skin to trigger the regeneration of your skin cells from within. AHAs, or alpha-hydroxy acids (i.e. Glycolic acid, tartaric, citric, and lactic acids are all common acids. BHAs, or beta hydroxy acid (i.e. salicylic acid, beta hydroxyl. They can cause skin irritation if not used correctly.
Frequency of Exfoliation: How frequently should I exfoliate.
This is an important fact! This is a must-know! This is often true with excessive exfoliating. Half the battle is knowing when to stop and start. You’ll see positive results if you only exfoliate when it is necessary. Depending on your skin type, you may need to exfoliate daily or only once every two weeks.
You now have an idea about the two things you need to consider. Let’s move on to the fun part!
Best Exfoliation for Your Skin Type
You can exfoliate safely and effectively based on what type of exfoliation you choose. Before you apply our tips, make sure to identify your skin type. These tips have been tested by dermatologists as well as beauty enthusiasts alike. However, they are only general guidelines. Each person has a unique skin type, so you may need to adjust based on your skin reaction.
Oil vs. Man is an age-old struggle. Too much oil can cause health problems, such as oily hair and oily food. That’s another topic. Let’s not forget what oily skin is.
Too much oil can lead to clogged pores and deep-set impurities. It can also cause an overwhelming fear that your skin will look shiny. Exfoliating is a must-have for those with this problem. Chemical exfoliants can help get rid of the dirt and grease in your pores. Your skin will feel clean and free of any oily residues once removed all the junk is. You’ll be radiant, even without the oil!
How do you exfoliate oily skin?
- Type A chemical exfoliant that contains BHA, like Salicylic acid. This type of BHA, unlike other hydroxy acids, is oil-soluble. It is great for oily skin. It is also milder than other AHAs making it an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin or excess oil.
- Frequency As many as five times per week. You could start with 2 to 3 times per week to be safe. If this is sufficient to control your sebum production, stick to it. You can do it more if you need to, such as up to four to five times per week.
This group is located on the other side, those who don’t produce enough sebum. This problem can be identified by flaking, dry skin, itching, and rough texture. Exfoliants can be avoided because they could dry out your skin. Exfoliating is not the problem, even though it may seem sensible. It is important to choose the best way to exfoliate.
How do you exfoliate dry skin?
- Type A physical exfoliant such as a facial scrub or mask. Products with superfine particles, such as Jojoba beads and fruit enzymes, are our preference. We love feeling the skin peel off. It removes unwanted skin cells, but it also buffs them. If you are not like us, which is too much for your skin, chemical exfoliators can be used with AHAs. Glycolic acid can help remove dead skin cells and retain the skin’s natural moisture. Some scrubs combine the best of both worlds. It’s a win-win situation for skin renewal, both inside and outside.
- Frequency 2 to 3 times per week For sensitive and dry skin, you should exfoliate once per week. Remember that exfoliants can cause skin friction, so use slow circular movements and don’t scrub too hard. It doesn’t matter how often you do this; it is essential.
We are being honest, but this type of acne is similar to having oily and dry skin. Although acne is most commonly caused by excess oil production, it can also be caused due to dry skin. This can prevent your pores from releasing oil, dirt, or bacteria. Combining the two can lead to an acne breakout. It can lead to worse problems like dark spots and acne scarring, like a pile of dominoes.
The right exfoliator will do wonders for your skin. It will reduce acne and smoothen scarring and lighten dark spots. You can stop acne by following this routine.
How do you exfoliate skin that is acne-prone?
- Type Chemical exfoliators using any AHA/BHA. High concentrations of salicylic acid can effectively remove acne, scarring, and skin discolouration. Start with 0.5% and increase to a maximum of 2% as needed. Glycolic acid can be used as an alternative. Glycolic acid is another option. It has anti-aging properties like fine lines and wrinkle reduction. However, it can also help with acne. Although it has a maximum concentration of 10%, it is best to start with a small amount. A chemical peel using a customized combination of acids may yield better results.
- Frequency Two to three times per week. This will depend on the amount and combination of acids in your treatment or skincare product. Remember that acids for acne are more potent than they are, so you need to be useless. Overuse can cause irritation, which may ultimately outweigh the benefits. It may be sufficient to only do this once per week in these cases.