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How often is too often to exfoliate?

Exfoliating skin in any season is imperative. It is important to exfoliate the skin to improve hydration, decrease dryness, unclog pores, and help stabilize oil production.  There are many forms of exfoliants that can be beneficial to skin depending on your personal needs and skin type. While exfoliating has many skin benefits, over-exfoliation may cause skin damage.  Find out how often you should exfoliate below! 

Dry Skin 

In the colder months, skin naturally becomes drier. Dead, dry, flaky skin can cause the skin to produce more oil, which ends up being blocked due to the excess dead skin on the surface, which can cause breakouts. If your skin tends to be on the naturally drier side, excessive exfoliation can cause damage to the skin causing sensitivities and tears in the skin. Skin that is dry, should be exfoliated once a week. 

Oily Skin 

Oily skin can greatly benefit from exfoliation. Oily skin is often breakout-prone and benefits from exfoliation helping to regulate the oil the skin produces while preventing excess oil buildup. If you have oily skin, exfoliating up to twice a week can be beneficial for your skin. While exfoliating oily skin can greatly help to balance skin’s oil production, over-exfoliation can cause skin irritation and may lead to breakouts.  

Exfoliant types 

Exfoliants can be categorized into a few different forms. There are physical exfoliants, chemical exfoliants and mechanical exfoliants. Physical exfoliants are granular scrubs that can be applied and buffed on the skin.  

Physical exfoliation 

Physical exfoliants typically shouldn’t exceed 1 to 2 times a week, depending on your skin type. Our dermatologist recommended Microdermabrasion Scrub infused with Dead Sea Salt is an example of a physical exfoliant. The Microdermabrasion Scrub is a fine-textured crystal blend buffs away dullness and smooths the look of fine lines, wrinkles, roughness and acne scars for a healthier, more youthful radiance. Detoxifying Dead Sea Salt plus refreshing Citrus Essential Oils help to immediately soften and reenergize skin for healthy, smooth texture.  

Chemical exfoliation 

Chemical exfoliants typically should be done once per week. Our Vitamin C Instant Radiance Facial Peel is an example of a non-abrasive or chemical exfoliateThis radiance-boosting, non-abrasive blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids helps to resurface and smooth skin's texture to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The fast-acting Citrus Fruit Peel Puree helps to improve the appearance of discoloration, dark spots and uneven skin tone. Formulated with Vitamin C Stay-C® 50, Glycolic and Lactic acids and Lemon Extract, this powerful peel helps to loosen and lift dead skin cells and impurities to deliver visible results. After just one use, uncover a healthy and rejuvenated radiant glow. Our Overnight Peel is another non-abrasive exfoliate. This skin-brightening, non-abrasive blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids exfoliates overnight to help visibly smooth skin, revealing a healthy, youthful appearance. 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acids help to safely and effectively remove dead surface skin cells, reduce the appearance of pigmentation and diminish the look of age spots, enhancing the complexion with each use. 

Mechanical exfoliation 

Mechanical exfoliation is when a machine or physical object like a scrub brush is used. Microdermabrasion machines and dry brushes or facial brushes are examples of mechanical exfoliation. Dry brushes are typically ok to use throughout the week as the skin on the body can be less sensitive than the face. Most gentle facial brushes are also ok to use more frequently than chemical or physical exfoliants. Exfoliants with microdermabrasion machines typically are recommended to be done one a month at most, generally every few months.