Most of us agree that we need to exfoliate our skin, but we still end up ignoring it altogether because we’re clueless about the right way to exfoliate. Are you scrubbing right? Are you using the right exfoliator? Is the exfoliator suitable for your skin type? How many times should you really be exfoliating your skin? People always tell us that we should smoothen and brighten our skin using things like peels, scrubs, exfoliators, cleansers and acids. But could these smoothening and brightening products actually be causing damage to our skin? OROGOLD helps you understand whether you’re over-exfoliating your skin.
We often come across beauty and skin care bloggers and enthusiasts praising the top exfoliators and their ability to slough off the skin and leave us with tighter looking pores and cleaner skin. In our enthusiasm to enjoy that flawless look immediately, we often end up over-exfoliating our skin. The said fact has also been confirmed by dermatologists all over the world. In fact, over-exfoliating the skin is one of the most common skin care mistakes that people end up making.
Exfoliating aggressively can lead to worsening of issues such as hyperpigmentation and acne. The problem isn’t just limited to aggressive exfoliation techniques either. We use products that are supposed to be gentle enough to be used on a daily basis. However, most dermatologists disagree with this fact. An exfoliator, irrespective of how gentle it is, should always be used with a lot of care. Using it one time too many can lead to all sorts of skin issues such as irritation, peeling, flaking and redness, and can also end up causing premature aging.
There is no denying the fact that enjoying a flawless and grainy texture is possible by exfoliating the skin. But, one needs to be sensible enough and ensure that one doesn’t end up overdoing it. Washing and cleansing the skin should always be a part of your daily skin care regimen. But, they should never end up becoming the entire essence of your routine.
According to dermatologists, many people have become immune to the damage that over-exfoliation can lead to. As a result, they continue to use harsh acids and scrubs, even when the process is painful or their skin becomes red.
What aggressive exfoliation or over-exfoliation basically does is that it breaks down the outermost layer of your skin. And since this layer is essential to protect your skin from things like toxins in the environment, pathogens and sun damage, dermatologists are totally against practices that redden your skin. Furthermore, over-exfoliation also increases the oil production of the skin because it drives the natural repair functions to work aggressively. This leads to oily skin and skin inflammation, which have a direct impact on acne breakouts and rosacea.
Another major problem with exfoliation is that some people mistake their scaly patches to be calloused skin, and try to exfoliate away their eczema. This further results in making the skin condition even worse and also leads to inflammation.
OROGOLD advises you to depend on your common sense while exfoliating your skin. If you have sensitive skin, it makes sense to be very careful while exfoliating. And you should also look for peels that are not only gentle, but are also rich in emollients and moisturizing ingredients. People with other types of skin can be more open with exfoliating, but should still limit it to a maximum of 2 – 3 times a week, depending on their skin type.
Finally, you should always do a proper patch test before adding any exfoliating product into your skin care regimen and also consult a dermatologist or skin care expert to get advice on the best exfoliating products for your skin.