The Dangers of Over Exfoliation

Jul 27, 2022

Dr Rati Parwani

The Dangers of Over Exfoliation

We understand that dead skin cells and clogged pores are a big “NO.” In the quest to get radiant and flawless skin, you may tend to over-exfoliate at times, but THINK TWICE!!! Over- Exfoliating can cause many issues and is harmful to the skin. 

If you are obsessed with your skin, here is a time to have a close look into your skincare routine to check again and give a second thought that you are not overdoing it. If you are not sure how to exfoliate for better skin care, you are on the right page. We are going to provide you with some eye-opener information on products to use and the perfect technique to adopt while exfoliating your skin. Let us get started with a BANG!! 

Ahead, we are going to give you a full scoop on over-exfoliation and some Do’s and Don'ts which will help you achieve great skin. 

How should I exfoliate my skin? - Give your skin TLC (Tender Love Care) 

Exfoliation is a part of your skincare routine and should not be neglected. While it's easy to say exfoliation is a must, your skin needs some essential TLC- Tender Love Care to remove all the impurities and dead skin cells which will help reveal the fresh new polished skin. It is important to opt for gentle exfoliation rather than harsh exfoliation which can damage the skin cells. Let us not forget that it is important to slough off the dead skin cells with care without damaging the skin barrier. Ensure that you do not cross your over-exfoliation territory. 

Did you get overboard- How do you know if your skin is over-exfoliated? 

Before we give you some information on tackling over-exfoliated skin, it is important to check why over-exfoliation is harmful. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), over-exfoliation can damage the skin causing - 

  • Redness,
  • Sensitivity of skin
  • Irritation of skin
  • Dryness of skin
  • Peeling of skin
  • Acne breakout
  • Itching
  • Burning of skin 

So, if you are suffering from any of the above conditions due to exfoliation, you have to rec-check your skincare routine and rectify the over-exfoliation process. 

How to exfoliate the right way? 

Exfoliation is a key to healthy skin and we cannot deny that. So, it is important to make sure that you follow all the steps to exfoliate properly once your skin is healed and repaired. Check out the correct way to exfoliate your skin- 

Steps

Exfoliating the right way

Step #1

Choose a gentle exfoliator

Step #2

Be gentle with your skin

Step #3

Exfoliate once or twice a week only

Step #4

 Exfoliate at night before bedtime to allow skin to repair at night

Step #5

Do not exfoliate and step in the sun

Step #6

If you have sensitive skin use a creamy moisturizing exfoliator

Step #7

Hydrate your skin

Step #8

Keep moisturizing

Step #9

Don't skip on SPF

Step #10

Reach out for mild and natural skincare products

What are the types of exfoliation? 

There are 2 types of exfoliation - 

  1. Mechanical Exfoliators
  2. Chemical Exfoliators 

 According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), chemical exfoliators can be too harsh for dry and sensitive skin. Oily-skinned people prone to acne can opt for chemical exfoliators. 

Which is the best way to exfoliate?- Natural exfoliators 

Using natural elements of glycolic acid and AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) can help in the elimination of dead skin cells gently. Opt for natural exfoliators which are best and most effective for the skin. 

So, get started with a healthy way of exfoliation for beautiful skin. A perfect skincare routine in the right way is a must for healthy skin.

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