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exfoliation - how much is too much?

exfoliation - how much is too much?
Posted in: skin health

Exfoliation delivers a tighter, firmer, smoother look and feel of skin. Because of this result, many fall into the trap of over-exfoliation: an over-zealous approach can actually reduce your skin’s vitality and make it more susceptible to damage from UV light.

Over-exfoliation triggers an inflammatory response, leading to a compromised lipid barrier that won’t function properly, a sensitised skin condition, and accelerated premature ageing.

Signs of over-exfoliated skin include:

  • noticeable dehydration
  • patchy areas of dryness
  • skin tautness
  • redness and itchiness
  • increased sensitivity
  • inflammatory acne and irritation

If you’re showing signs of over-exfoliation, speak with a professional skin therapist, who will most likely prescribe a calming cleanser and toner, and a protective moisturiser to start the recovery process. Sun protection is a must: wear a sunscreen with physical UV blockers Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide that won’t irritate the skin. After skin recovery, begin exfoliating with a gentle exfoliant designed for daily use. If you desire a more intense level of exfoliation, look to non-abrasive exfoliants containing chemicals like Salicylic or Lactic Acid. Pair a more gentle regimen with professional exfoliation treatments from your professional skin therapist to enjoy smoother skin without undesirable side effects.

1 May 2022
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