by Katrina Stotelmeyer August 30, 2019 2 translation missing: en.blogs.article.read_time

You should be exfoliating your skin. Or not? Every day? Twice a day? Once a month? Never?

As a child, your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells but as you age, your skin doesn’t shed as effectively. Exfoliating removes that top layer of dead skin cells, letting your skin’s natural glow shine through. It also allows your skincare products to better penetrate & nourish your skin so you get more bang for your buck.

Types of Exfoliation:

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Mechanical

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Chemical

There’s two main types of exfoliation: mechanical & chemical. Mechanical exfoliation is when you use a brush, scrub, or washcloth on your face to remove dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliation applies certain ingredients that help dissolve the dead skin cells. Depending on your medications, skincare routine, and your skin type, one might benefit you better than the other.

Of course, there’s always a caveat: you don’t want to exfoliate skin that is cut, abraded, sunburned, if you have a cold sore or other skin infection, or if you struggle withcystic or chronic acne (unless you treat it with a gentle exfoliation like WASH). You can do more harm than good sometimes. And if you have acne? You need to be extra careful: most exfoliation will cause scarring and additional acne when the bacteria trapped in pores is exposed and spread around the face.WASH will exfoliate acne-prone skin (you should leave it on for about 5 minutes), with the Manuka honey soothing breakouts and killing bacteria, rather than spreading it.

If you use products containing retinol or bezoyl peroxide on your skin, exfoliationmight not be for you. It can cause acne breakouts or dry skin, so be mindful of what you’re already putting on your face. Some medications can weaken the skin as well, so take a look at your medicine cabinet or talk to your doctor before you begin or if you notice irritation.

Be careful not to over-exfoliate, too. If your skin is irritated, red, or peeling after exfoliating, you’re overdoing it. Exfoliation should be gentle & leave your skin clear & healthy, not irritated. This is especially important if you have tanned or darker skin, as damage is more easily done & can leavepermanent marks known as hyper-pigmentation.

Sensitive skin is best exfoliated gently once a week, as anything more could irritate and inflame the skin. Normal skin on the other hand could be exfoliated up to 3 times per week, and oily skin up to 5 times. However, take a quick look around the internet and you’ll find so many conflicting opinions, ranging from once a week to once a month. The best answer? Experiment with what works for your skin. Find the frequency and style that is perfect for your skin. If that’s something gentle every day, great. If it’s something a little more intense once a week or twice a month? Awesome. Don’t feel the need to get caught up in all the marketing out there: find what’s right foryour unique, beautiful skin and own it.

Final Thoughts

What does your exfoliation routine look like? Are you a dedicated veteran or looking to add something new to your routine? Share in the comments!

Katrina Stotelmeyer
Katrina Stotelmeyer