exfoliation: the scoop on the scrub
Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells, oil, and congestion otherwise on your skin. It helps you in all of these wonderful ways:
- Helps clear and manage breakouts.
- Helps maintain oil.
- Resurfaces skin, leaving your face soft and smooth.
- Brightens and enhances skin clarity and tone.
No matter what type of skin you have, the congestion has got to go! Skipping exfoliation will cause dead cells, oil, and pollutants to nestle into your follicles over time, blocking pores and ultimately creating more build-up. This not only causes breakouts, but it stops your other products from absorbing into your skin as well as they could.
Exfoliants come in the form of scrubs, acids, or both, and some are rinsed off while others stay on. Acid-based products use ingredients like Salicylic Acid to calm redness and clear pores, and a product that contains microbeads will physically scrub away your cells.
Scrubs and other exfoliants, if not used correctly, can aggravate acne. If your bumps are feeling painful, pustular, or inflamed, talk to a dermatologist and skin therapist ASAP before using an exfoliant on your skin. Also, take caution with products containing seeds and other harsh ingredients that give your skin a scratch – the wrong kind of scrub can lead to microscopic tears, which sensitizes skin and can potentially make breakouts worse.
Exfoliation is needed at least a few times a week for most people, however those with more resilient skin can exfoliate up to once a day.