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Exfoliation Examined

4 January 2013 No Comment

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Why It’s Important and How Much is too Much

 

We’ve all heard of exfoliation, the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, and are told it’s important for the skin. But why is it considered one of the most important techniques for healthy skin?

Whether oily or dry, acne prone or sun damaged, exfoliation needs to be a part of your skin care regime. Acne sufferers and oily skin types tend to use drying products to reduce the buildup of excess oil and minimize breakouts. These drying products, however, can cause dry skin buildup and will inhibit the release of oil in the skin only leading to more breakouts.  The same goes for blackheads, clogged pores, and white heads on the skin. With dry skin buildup on the skin, the oil stays trapped in the pores causing congested skin.

Dark, red, or brown marks can appear on the skin after breakouts or as the result of hyperpigmentation through sun exposure, hormonal shifts, or genetics. In order to remove the marks that may appear post breakout it is necessary to remove damaged tissue on the skin’s surface and promote new healthy skin tissue to grow. And in order to combat hyperpigmentation for a more even skin tone you need to break up the cells that have become pigmented and allow them to fade, while also promoting new healthy (unpigmented) skin to thrive.

Dry skin, especially predominant during the winter months, is due to a buildup of dead dry skin on the surface. It can make skin feel itchy and uncomfortable and usually causes us to lather heavy moisturizers on the skin. However, with such a buildup of dead skin on the surface, it is too difficult for the moisture to penetrate the skin that needs to be rehydrated.

So what do all these conditions have in common? The need to remove dead, dry skin cells from the surface of the skin. The best way to achieve smoother, healthier, more evenly toned skin is to exfoliate.

The two types of exfoliants, chemical and physical, work well together to maintain younger looking skin. The chemical exfoliant, for instance an herbal enzyme peel, is applied to the skin and eats away the dead, dry skin cells. With a physical exfoliant, such as a micro-crystal polish, you do the work by massaging the skin with the corundum crystals and jojoba beads. Using both a chemical and physical exfoliant in a skin care regime will keep the dead, dry skin cells at bay. Just remember there is a danger of over exfoliating the skin which can lead to irritation. It is not necessary to exfoliate every day, but ask your skin care professional the correct amount of times per week you should exfoliate for your skin type and condition.

 

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