Exfoliation is the process of removing the top layers of the skin. The top layer of the skin consists primarily of dead cells, which can give the skin a dull and lifeless look.
Exfoliation is essential for skin health, and most types of skin will benefit from exfoliation. Despite the risks of irritation, removing the dead outer layers of cells is simply necessary. Often, in people suffering from acne, cells that should be shedding on a regular daily basis are being retained by the skin, where they contribute to blockages that lead to the formation of blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.
In addition, exfoliation can help the oil-producing glands of the skin cells from becoming thickened or misshapen, leading to more blockages and blemishes.
Avoid using particularly rough things, like washcloths or pumice stones, to aid in facial exfoliation. Irritating the skin doesn't help anything.
Those with skin diseases other than acne should be very careful during exfoliation.
Exfoliation, when done gently, should be a part of your daily anti acne skin care regimen.
Exfoliation should not be painful. If there is pain involved, it's possible that you are scrubbing too hard, using too rough an instrument to exfoliate or that the product you are using is too strong.
Use a sunscreen. The lower layers of skin exposed by exfoliation are sensitive to sunlight and must be protected.
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