Should you use an exfoliating cleanser -- even with your skin type?
On the surface, exfoliation can seem like a no-no for certain skin types. Won't it dry or damage certain types of skin?
In this article, we'll look the facts about exfoliation and see why you need an exfoliating cleanser in your beauty routine.
You may be afraid to use an exfoliating cleanser if you have acne or breakouts. But those sudden breakouts you may get after exfoliating are not to be trusted.
If you haven't exfoliated in a while, then an exfoliating cleanser can make matters seem worse.
But exfoliation can help reduce breakouts over time because it clears out dirt, oil and skin cells that clog your pores.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you:
Aging is a part of life. But how our skin ages has as much to do with our routineas it does with genetics and diet.
Exfoliating cleansers can increase the production of collagen, a protein present in youthful, healthy skin.
It can also reduce the appearance of dark spots that may make skin appear older.
When you exfoliate you remove dead cells and dirt, giving the new healthy cells room to "breathe" so that that skin rejuvenates faster.
Skin looks significantly younger and feels softer and smoother.
Dirt, oil and dead skin cells clog pores. The longer these substances are present, the bigger pores become.
When you remove this junk as only an exfoliating cleanser can, pores can return to their normal shape and appearance.
If you're a painter, you wouldn't paint without sanding first. You wouldn't set the table for dinner without cleaning it.
The same way you wouldn't set the table for dinner without cleaning it.
You wouldn't also put your sandwich on a dirty plate.
Makeup looks better when the skin is prepared by removing dirt, oil and dead skin cells. Otherwise, the makeup just mixes in with the dirty mess.
We've given you some cosmetic reasons, but here's the truth. An exfoliated face and body absorb medication more readily!
If you're using a topical medication, you may not be getting the full benefits if you're not using an exfoliating cleanser first.
If your face is dry, you may be afraid to exfoliate. But an exfoliating cleanser will also help you better absorb moisturizers.
If you have a severe dermatological condition, you should consult your doctor before choosing a cleanser. But as a general rule, exfoliation is for everyone.
What would you add to our list of reasons it should be a part of your beauty routine? We'd love to hear from you in the comments section below!
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