Is exfoliation really that important for your skin? The answer is yes! First off, let us get to know what this process is and what it does for the skin.
What is Exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the process of getting rid of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface to reveal new and healthy skin. There are two types of exfoliation. They are physical exfoliation, and chemical exfoliation.
Two Types of Exfoliation
- Physical Exfoliation – What are physical exfoliants? Perhaps you are familiar with some of them. A wash cloth is an example of a physical exfoliant, and so are a body wash infused with scrubbing beads, and a loofah. In physical exfoliation, dead skin cells are removed via friction. The physical exfoliant and a scrubbing motion is in play.
- Chemical Exfoliation – In chemical exfoliation, a chemical substance is responsible for getting rid of dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliants in cleansers are usually mild acids. Mild acids work by dissolving the glue binding the dead skin cells to the rest of the skin cells.
Exfoliation is one of the best techniques employed in resolving various skin issues. It is also one of the keys to getting a skin that is healthy and glowing. We have listed down a few of the many skin issues that exfoliation helps resolve.
- Blemished Skin – If you are dealing with a blemished skin, exfoliating on a regular basis will do great wonders. When you exfoliate you are removing the dead skin cells that have piled up on your skin’s surface. By doing this, you are keeping your pores clean therefore bringing down the chances of breakouts. Make sure that you use a scrub according to the type of skin that you have. You can find scrubs infused with tiny granules while some have microscrubbers. If you have a sensitive skin, a scrub infused with microscrubbers is ideal since it is gentle to the skin. For people with still painful scars, it would be best to use natural exfoliants such as yogurt rather than chemical ones. Yogurt contains lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid that helps exfoliate and gently makes the skin smooth.
- Dark/Red Marks After Breakout – Often times, pimples leave red or dark marks behind and these marks can stay on even after the breakout is long gone and healed. Exfoliation can help fade out these marks. The more often you exfoliate, the lighter and lighter these marks become. By exfoliating surface damaged skin tissue is removed the process of forming new healthy skin tissue is improved.
- Hyperpigmentation – Seeing brown spots on your skin? Age, pregnancy, hormonal changes, and genetics can cause hyperpigmentation which results to brown spots on the skin. As you become older, these brown spots become more pronounced. Exfoliation breaks up the pigmented cells allowing them to fade over time. If you want to hasten the fading process, exfoliate and then use a skin lightening agent.
Once or twice a week of exfoliation is good for the skin.
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