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Is It Good to Exfoliate Your Skin Daily?

By now, you know that exfoliation is an essential part of any skincare routine. It removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores, leaving you with smooth, glowing skin.

However, with so much conflicting information, it can be hard to determine just how often you should exfoliate your skin for the best results. Too much exfoliation and you risk stripping your skin of essential oils; too little and your skin will stay dull and clogged.

Below, you’ll find out for good just how often you should exfoliate your skin.

Should You Exfoliate Every Day?

While it can be tempting to scrub your skin each day, this is generally not recommended. Daily exfoliation can strip the skin of its natural oils and lead to breakouts, not to mention that it makes you more prone to wrinkles as the skin thins due to inadequate healing time.

How Often Should You Exfoliate?

Because no one’s skin is exactly the same, the number of times you need to exfoliate varies based on your skin type.

Exfoliating with Dry, Sensitive Skin

If your skin is dry and prone to irritation, be wary of over-exfoliating. Harsh, abrasive products may cause an unwanted reaction that leaves your skin even more prone to dryness or sensitivity.

For those with dry, irritable skin, exfoliating just once or twice a week is enough to keep pores clean without causing any reactions or cracking. Using a gentle exfoliant with ingredients such as bamboo or rice powder also works to give you clean and glowing skin without drying you out.

Exfoliating with Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

Those with skin that is prone to acne, oiliness, and breakouts can usually tolerate more exfoliation each week. To cleanse your skin of the oils and toxins that build up so quickly, exfoliate two or three times per week for the best results. Any less, and you’ll likely see further breakouts due to still-clogged pores; any more, and you risk stripping your skin of the natural oils it needs to stay fresh and glowing.

For best results, look for an exfoliant that contains salicylic acid, an oil-soluble ingredient that can combat excessive buildup in pores.

Exfoliating with Combination Skin

If your skin is a combination of oily, dry, and sensitive, you have lots of options when it comes to exfoliating. Generally, try to stick to a routine of exfoliating two or three times a week if your skin can tolerate it.

Switching between exfoliants like scrubs, acids, and enzymes also gives you a variety of options when it comes to finding the best products for your skin.

For a more personalized exfoliation plan, contact The Dermatology Group today and live every day with healthy, glowing skin.

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