Today’s post is all about the various exfoliation techniques for acne-prone skin. We know very well that regular and effective exfoliation to remove the dead skin cells and to rejuvenate the skin is an important step in our skincare routine. However, many people who have acne prone skin are sceptical of exfoliating their skin, because they believe that exfoliation aggravates their acne condition and causes the skin to become inflamed and more prone to new zits.
There are two sides to this debate: yes, exfoliation can make your acne worse, but it is absolutely essential to exfoliate all kinds of skin types on a regular basis. Therefore, the key to exfoliating acne prone skin lies in doing it the right way.
Here’s an overview on how to exfoliate acne prone skin to get the best results:
1. Choose The Right Kind Of Exfoliator:
When it comes to acne-prone skin, you need to be very particular about the type of exfoliator that you use. Make sure to avoid harsh and abrasive exfoliators. This includes all kinds of physical scrubs and exfoliators that contain gritty substances or beads. You could use a gel-based or a lotion-based exfoliator instead. Better still, you could opt for chemical exfoliators or chemical peels. These types of exfoliators are ideal for sensitive and acne-prone skin, as they remove the dead skin cells, renew the skin and are not abrasive at all.
Collistar Glycolic Acid Perfect Skin Peeling
Alba Botanica Good and Clean Pore Purifying Mini Peel
2. Know What Not To Do When Exfoliating:
The key to good exfoliation is to do just the right way—not too much, not too little, not too often and not too infrequently. Don’t scrub excessively when exfoliating and don’t do it more than once or twice a week. Additionally, you must avoid abrasive exfoliators or methods by all means.
3. Use Deep Cleansing Face Masks:
Another very effective yet gentle way to exfoliate your skin is by using deep cleansing or detoxifying face masks.
Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Charcoal Face Mask
Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
4. Make Use Of Exfoliating Tools And Mitts:
If you are making use of gentle exfoliators or scrubs, such as the gel-based or cream-based ones, then you could try using a facial cleansing brush or gentle facial exfoliating mitts along with the product for better results.
Clarisonic Mia Fit Skin Cleansing System
Forever 21 Exfoliating Gloves
5. Always Use A Toner After You Exfoliate:
Once you have exfoliated your skin, it is essential that you follow this step up with a balancing toner. Not only will this help remove any excess product on the face (when used on a cotton pad), but it will also soothe the skin, calm down any inflammation and help shrink the pores. This is especially useful if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Clarity-Activating Toner
6. Finish Your Skincare Routine With A Moisturizer:
Many people with oily skin types or acne prone skin tend to skip the essential skincare step of applying moisturizer. Using moisturizer is very important, especially right after you have exfoliated your skin. This will help the renewed skin cells to remain soft and supple, and it will also prevent redness and inflammation (that can be a very common problem with acne prone skin).
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