Unless you've been living under a rock, you already know that exfoliation is one of the best ways to get healthy, glowing skin.
But what you might not have known is that there's a right and a wrong way to do it! In fact, improper and over-exfoliation can even damage your complexion, leaving you in worse condition than when you started.
Want to put your freshest face forward and exfoliate your skin the way that dermatologists recommend, removing dead skin cells and revealing the fresher, brighter skin below? Read our full exfoliation guide to learn how!
The most common kind of at-home exfoliation, the manual method, relies on tools and textures to remove dead cells from the skin's surface.
Textured cloths and sponges, rough loofahs, and scrubs with suspended particles can all be used when showering or washing the face. Mechanical brushes that scrub the skin at high speed can provide a deeper exfoliation but may be too harsh for sensitive skin.
Manual exfoliation should be performed gently and without applying too much pressure to the skin's surface. And you shouldn't do it more than once or twice per week.
For more dramatic results, professional microdermabrasion can be performed in a dermatologist's office.
This type of skin exfoliation relies on ingredients that dissolve dead cells.
Alpha and beta hydroxy acids are among the most commonly used chemical exfoliants, and they include familiar names like glycolic and citric acids and salicylic acid. These products are typically liquids, applied to the skin with a cotton pad or the fingertips.
While some chemical exfoliants are safe for everyday use, they can make your skin more sensitive and prone to sun damage. So, it's essential that you follow them with dermatologist-approved sunscreen.
Your dermatologist can also perform in-office chemical exfoliation with a variety of chemical peels according to your skin type.
Exfoliating skin at home doesn't deliver clinical results. If you're hoping to dramatically improve your skin's texture, you'll need to visit a professional dermatologist. They will have access to all the most modern exfoliation techniques, from dermatological facials to cutting-edge laser therapies.
Your dermatologist will also help you establish the best at-home exfoliation routine catered to your specific needs. And they'll be able to prescribe you powerful products that far surpass the capabilities of anything bought over the counter.
For the absolute best results, exfoliate your skin by following these dermatologist-recommended techniques. While some home remedies might work on some skin types, they aren't proven safe or effective.
If you've already tried everything and just haven't achieved the results that you'd hoped for, it's time to call in the experts.
Contact Northeast Dermatology Associates to schedule a visit today. Our committed staff has the expertise and experience to treat all your medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology needs and 70 years of service caring for the New England community.
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