Exfoliation is one of the essential steps in skin care routine. However over-exfoliating will counteract and damage the skin. How often should I exfoliate my face? Let hear the dermatologist answer this question!
The benefits of exfoliate your face
According to celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau, there are a plethora of benefits to regular exfoliation for all skin types. For those prone to blemishes and clogged pores, exfoliation should be the main focus of your routine.
For these acne-prone skin types, Rouleau recommends using a chemical exfoliant formulated with beta hydroxy acid, which will work to reduce bacteria on the skin while exfoliating and cleaning clogged pores.
For those concerned about wrinkles, Rouleau says, “As you increase your exfoliation, you are tricking the skin into acting young again.” Retinoic acid and retinol are special types of exfoliants that work particularly well within deeper layers of the skin. With continued use, skin will look younger and smoother each day.
Which type of exfoliator is best to use?
There are two main types of exfoliants: physical exfoliants (like face scrubs and clay masks) and chemical exfoliants (like acid serums and peels). There are also products that incorporate both.
As for the best kind? There’s no 100% objective answer. Though most experts do caution you away from over-exfoliating with physical scrubs. Chemical exfoliants with BHAs and AHAs which lowers the pH of the skin and dissolve and digest the cells both on the surface and deeper within the skin without having to scrub at the skin the way you have to with physical exfoliators
How often should you exfoliate your face?
You should exfoliate your face about two to three times a week. You may have heard only once a week, but dermatologists say that’s not enough. The only exception here is for people with skin types prone to redness and irritation. People with hypersensitive skin will likely be able to exfoliation only once a week.
We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and if they remain on the skin, it can look dull and dry. Facial exfoliation is the secret to glowing and smooth.
So, why haven’t not exfoliate your face yet?