How often should you exfoliate?

How often should you exfoliate?

Browsing through health-related articles on the internet, you'll come cross much contradictory information. 'Exfoliation is actually bad for your skin!' 'Here are three ways you're exfoliating wrong.' 'Ten reasons why you shouldn't exfoliate' - these are all examples of what you may come across.

Thankfully, with breakthrough in skin science, we've mostly settled on one thing - exfoliation should be a regular part of your skincare regimen. But in saying so, do you know how often you should be exfoliating?

A quick recap on exfoliation

Our skin is composed of multiple layers. It's the production of newer skin cells which work their way up to the surface, where they dry out and naturally fall off. However, in many case, the bonds that hold the dead skin cells to our face don't perform efficiently, and so, we're left with dry, dull and flaky skin.

It's not an uncommon problem, and can be remedied easily with exfoliation - whether chemical or physical.

By ridding our skin of these old cells, we can reveal fresher, radiant skin underneath. If done correctly, exfoliation can be incorporated into our skincare routine on a regular basis.

How often should you exfoliate?

There is no hard and fast answer to this - it depends on your individual skin type. Generally speaking, once or twice a week is sufficient.

It really falls down to what method of exfoliation you use, your skin type, and how external factors (such as the weather) are affecting your skin.

Physical exfoliation should be done so sparingly - you are literally scrubbing your face, and overdoing it can leave your skin raw and sensitive. A few signs of over-exfoliating are:

  • Dryness
  • Irritation
  • Tenderness
  • Redness

If you don't exfoliate enough, problems may manifest as congestion, dullness and flaking skin.

How to tell if you're exfoliating enough?

Unless you have skin conditions such as excessive acne or rosacea, you should be able to tell if exfoliation is enough based on the condition of your skin.

Gentle, biodegradable beads in your skincare products allow you to exfoliate more often, whilst products with AHAs and BHAs, as well as physical exfoliants, should be used less often - they can lead to problems listed above.

Sometimes, though, your face may need a more intensive exfoliation method. In that case, come into our Melbourne-based clinic for a microdermabrasion treatment. It's the use of small crystals to gently slough of your skin, leaving you refreshed and glowing. Microhydrabrasion is where we follow up the exfoliation with a flush of water - suitable for sensitive skin that's also dry.

Want to know more about exfoliation? Give us a call on 03 9510 6230 today.