Often we are asked, “can your exfoliate too much?” The answer? Absolutely yes.
Many women inadvertently give themselves problem skin by exfoliating too often and too hard. By doing this you are risking drying out your skin and stripping of the top layer. When your skin is robbed of needed moisture, it responds as it if were an injury – therefore it starts producing more oil, which often results in acne.
In addition, over exfoliating can also break blood vessels and create problems like rosacea, a condition where facial blood vessels enlarge. This is another reason we tell our patients to beware of home microdermabrasion products.
So, how do you avoid over exfoliating?
Try to use a hard face scrub or sponge only once or twice a week. Do not use an exfoliant at all if you are currently using glycolic acids or retinoids.
Facial peels and microdermabrasion treatments can be used every 2-3 weeks until old dull skin is eliminated, uncovering new, younger and brighter looking skin beneath.
Here is a quick test to tell if your skin is in need of an exfoliation treatment:
Take a piece of clear tape and apply it to the forehead. Rub it gently and remove. Look at the tape, and if there are little pieces of flaky skin, then you need to exfoliate!