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How Often Should You Exfoliate?

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells so the new ones underneath can create a healthy glow. Removing dead skin cells can improve skin tone and help with certain conditions such as acne. How often you exfoliate matters, as does what products you use. 

Read these exfoliating face tips to learn more about how to care for your skin.

How Often to Exfoliate Your Face

When you should exfoliate your face depends on what kind of skin you have:

  • Dry or sensitive skin: Once or twice a week should be enough. Pay attention to how your skin reacts to the process, and be cautious about what kind of products you use.
  • Oily or acne-prone skin: Two or three times a week will help you clear away any buildup. Do what your skin can tolerate.
  • Combination skin: Two or three times a week is best. Make sure to use an exfoliator that is strong enough to help with buildup but still mild for your dry areas.
  • Mature skin: Exfoliating twice a week with a gentle chemical exfoliant is the perfect way to keep your skin healthy and vibrant.

All skin types will have dead skin buildup, so exfoliate at least once a week. If you are just beginning, exfoliate once a week and slowly build up a routine that works best for your skin type. 

Not exfoliating can lead to dullness and rougher textures, but over-exfoliating can also damage your skin. Watch for signs of irritation, small tears, and visible flaking. If you experience any irritation, adjust your frequency to protect your skin. 

Types of Exfoliators

Knowing how often you should exfoliate is a great start — next is knowing what products to use to keep your skin healthy. There are two main types of exfoliators, chemical and physical.

Chemical Exfoliators

Chemical exfoliators use hydroxy acids to dissolve the connections between skin cells, which helps the cells to shed easier. They work great for all skin types, and you can use them regularly throughout the week. Chemical exfoliators are usually found in the form of serums and peels. 

When searching for a chemical exfoliator, look for ones that include glycolic lactic and salicylic acids.

SkinCeuticals Post-Chemical Peel System

PCA Skin Micro Peel At-Home Kit

Physical Exfoliators

Physical exfoliators scrub away dead skin cells with gritty particles, which works best with oily skin types. Physical exfoliators usually come as scrubs, brushes, and clay masks.

When looking for a physical exfoliator, search for natural ingredients like pumice or jojoba beads. Sugar is another great exfoliator, especially for those with just a few dry areas around the eyes or mouth. It's very gentle and mild, protecting your dry areas while exfoliating the rest of your skin.

SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

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