Exfoliation 101

Exfoliation (AKA a fancy term for getting rid of dead skin cells) is an important part of any skin care regimen. But for people dealing with adult acne, it’s especially vital to slough off those pesky deceased cells. That’s because those of us fighting acne are at an exfoliation disadvantage.  Here’s the deal—about every 28 days or so, a new skin cell is “born” and works its way up to the surface of your face. Ideally, this new cell pushes the older cells off, revealing newer, softer, more fabulous skin.

If you’ve got acne, however, the process is somewhat impeded. Those of us with acne prone skin produce too many of these dead skin cells, and our natural shedding mechanism just can’t keep up. All that dead skin stays put on our faces, and ends up clogging pores, which in turn leads to blackheads and blemishes. Exfoliation it is, then!

Before we get into the basic how-to’s of exfoliation, it’s important to note that when it comes to this kind of skin care, less is definitely more. Twice a week, at most, is all you should be doing. More than that, and all you’re doing is irritating your skin, which can lead to (you guessed it) more break outs.

Ready to rid yourselves of unneeded dead skin? Start by choosing your products carefully. Some exfoliants contain a lot of pumice, and should not be used on the delicate skin of your face. Make sure you buy only products that specifically say that they are for the face.

To begin, wet your face with warm water. Next, apply the exfoliant to a washcloth, facial loofa, or exfoliating sponge. Working in a circular motion, rub your face and neck gently. (Don’t forget your hairline!) Avoid the under eye area, since it’s way too sensitive for harsh scrubbing.  Afterwards, rinse with warm water. (Beware of super hot H20, because it can irritate and dehydrate freshly scrubbed skin)

Pat your face dry with a towel… Please note, that’s PAT, not rub vigorously. (I’m guilty of that one, so I figure I would remind all of us of the proper way to dry our faces) Finish up with a moisturizer for your skin type, and you’re good to go.

I’ll be test driving some acne exfoliation products this week… so as always, your suggestions are recommended!

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