The skin follows a constant process of shedding and renewal, a natural process of exfoliation is in place which sheds the surface-level dead skin cells to eventually reveal fresh skin underneath. As we age, this process becomes more and more inefficient and leads to wrinkles and fine lines along with enlarged pores and overall clogging becoming much more noticeable than ever.
Now, to fix the inefficiency of the natural exfoliation process, we can always take this process into our own hands to speed up the cell turnover so that more youthful skin hidden under the dead skin shows. Before you decide to take this process into your own hands, it’s important to note that this process can be done in numerous safe and proven ways, and at the same time this process can be done via harmful techniques too which should always be avoided.
Let us talk about the safest ways to exfoliate first.
All About Chemical Exfoliation
In case your dermatologist suggests this exfoliation method then you would most likely be treated with AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids. This treatment is especially suggested when the skin is oily. It is a proven method that helps in speeding up the cell turnover to keep the skin hydrated.
BHAs of Beta Hydroxy Acids might be recommended if the skin is prone to acne. BHAs are lipid-soluble unlike the water-soluble AHAs, hence they breakthrough oil a lot better.
All About Mechanical Exfoliation & How to Scrub the Right Way
The majority of the people naturally go with the mechanical process of exfoliation rather than the chemical process. This includes exfoliation using cleansing brushes or scrubs by gently removing the topmost layer of the skin. This process is quite effective, however, it’s very easy to do more harm than good with incorrect and harsh scrubbing techniques. It’s common to scrub really hard thinking that you’d get the best results however instead of scrubbing, it’s actually scraping at the skin.
Mistakes & Products to Avoid in Case You opt For Mechanical Exfoliation
- The skin’s pH is about 5.5, it is important to never use something too acidic or too alkaline as that may dry out the skin.
- Avoid vinegar as that can cause chemical burns.
- Avoid the use of baking soda as that can cause redness & rashes.
- Avoid the use of Lemon Juice as those damages the skin when applied directly.
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