Exfoliating Your Skin

December 12, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Beauty

When you exfoliate your face you are basically speeding up the process of shedding the external level of dead skin cells. This process unclogs pores, keeps skin clean and helps reduce acne breakouts. In normal skin, the skin naturally sheds dead skin cells without any assistance from exfoliating. Acne prone skin has a difficulty when it comes to exfoliating naturally. Oily skin produces even more dead skin cells than normal skin and these dead skin cells have trouble shedding from the skin.

They cause clogged pores which can result in blackheads or spots. That is why exfoliation is more necessary for acne prone and oily skin. Exfoliating can keep the follicles free of obstruction and decrease formation of blemishes. Physical exfoliants are the most common scrubs that contain synthetic beads that physically lift the dry and damaged skin cells from your face.

There are natural exfoliating scrubs that use ingredients such as almonds or apricot seeds instead of synthetic beads but in this case the synthetic option is best. This is because the natural products have sharp edges and can irritate the skin. If you’ve got sensitive skin, you should be cautious with any type of physical exfoliant. They cause friction which can irritate the inflamed skin. You might be better off using a chemical exfoliant if you have sensitive skin.

Chemical exfoliants are based on mild acids that are used to dissolve damaged skin cells. They can be found in many products including masks, night creams and gels. There is a large difference in the potency of chemical exfoliants so you have to make sure you aren’t using any strong products too frequently. All chemical exfoliants dry your skin so it’s important to use a moisturizer after exfoliation.

There are other physical exfoliating products that could be used, however these are not normally used on the face. These include exfoliating brushes and exfoliating gloves. Exfoliating gloves are essentially gloves with an exfoliating grain on the palm side. They are used to exfoliate your body in the shower or bath. It’s best to get exfoliating gloves that are not too rough. I do not actually use these myself but plenty of people love using them. They leave your skin feeling clean and soft. Again it is important to moisturize after exfoliating your skin.

There are also different variations on the strengths of exfoliating scrubs. Some are gentle and these can be used more regularly. Generally, how often you exfoliate, depends on the product you use and the sensitivity of your skin. If you think that your skin is getting irritated when you exfoliate, you should try a more gentle scrub or decrease the frequency of exfoliations.

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