Exfoliation: Don’t Overdo It!

Exfoliating removes the dead skin and debris on the top layer of your skin. Once gone, you’ll reveal the more vibrant looking skin below. That’s why patients benefit from microdermabrasion and HydraFacial treatments. When you over exfoliate — for example, use exfoliation products too often — you run the risk of causing skin issues.

Too much of a good thing

Dehydration and inflammation are the most common signs of over exfoliation. You may notice your skin getting red, irritated, and even have dry patches. Skin flaking, stinging or burning may also occur, none of which are good for your skin. And, although a bit of tightness is often enjoyed by patients, too tight says you’ve over exfoliated and are stressing your skin.

Sometimes, you don’t realize you’re over exfoliating until it’s already done. How? You wonder. It can happen when you use products that have some exfoliation quality but you were unaware they were doing that, too. As an example, many cleansers and toners contain exfoliants, and using a loofa or cleansing brush also exfoliates. When you add products, you are compounding exfoliation.

Exfoliating Tips

  • Delicate skin on your face, neck, and chest needs gentler exfoliation than the rest of your body.
  • Always gently massage your skin. Don’t scrub or rub. And, dab when drying instead of rubbing.
  • Always use a good moisturizer and a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 after exfoliation to maintain proper moisture and protect your skin. As I tell you every chance I get, always wear sunscreen!
  • Not sure which products and techniques are best for you? Leave this to us! We can professionally exfoliate your skin with products and procedures appropriate for your skin. 

Here for your dermatological needs

Our goal is to help you have and keep your skin looking its best. Let’s get you on a great in office exfoliation treatment. Please feel free to contact us to make an appointment.