Below are things to consider when exfoliating – especially for teenagers with acne prone skin
Is exfoliating every day right for your skin? Over exfoliating can do more harm than good. Even for those with normal skin type, exfoliating every day can lead to thinning of the skin, irritation, redness and even broken blood vessels and more pimples. For all you teenagers out there, scrubbing every day, you are making your skin break out more!
The two most important factors in acne are excess oil and inflammation. If you start stripping off the top layers of the skin with an exfoliator, this will cause irritation which leads to inflammation. Your skin will respond by releasing more oil, to try to replace moisture which has been scrubbed off by harsh exfoliating. If you have acne prone skin, your skin is already overproducing oil. The result is more breakouts.
Tip: Try replacing your facial scrub with a corrective cleanser followed by a moisturizer and see if this improves your skin. And don’t forget to add in a sunscreen!
More About Exfoliation
Exfoliation is essential for healthy and younger-looking skin. Why? Dead skin cells build up on the surface of our faces. This causes pores to become clogged and can lead to breakouts and dull skin.
So we have two ways to exfoliate— chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliation makes use of several types of chemicals to remove dead skin cells and other impurities. Examples include enzymes, lactic, glycolic, and beta hydroxy acids such as salicylic acid. All chemical exfoliates work to break the bonds between the skin cells, loosening up the dead skin to be easily whisked away.
The second type of exfoliation is physical or manual exfoliation. Physical exfoliates are products that contain types of rough material such as grains or ground up nuts. By rubbing the particles against your skin, you will buff away the layer of dead skin cells. Be careful with manual exfoliation as it could be too harsh on your skin.
So at home stop exfoliating every day, my recommendations would be only once a week with a manual exfoliation. Make sure your manual exfoliation product is right for your skin.
Use a sun block every day, remember your skin has had its top layers removed with an exfoliation treatment so can be left exposed.
If you have Acne prone skin avoid any type of manual exfoliation.
Dreamers have the latest equipment to analyse skin correctly and qualified staff to treat all skin concerns. If you have a skin concern – call us for friendly advice that can really help.
Please look for our next column due for reading on the first Thursday of every month. Next month D’Arna will share important information on nails and hygiene.