Benefits of Skin Exfoliation

Patty Christopher, MS,PT


Advanced Weight Loss & Wellness

Fresh, clean and glowing skin helps us feel and look our best, and proper exfoliation is a must to achieve it.

This time of year is perfect for addressing dried and dull skin, after cold and dry winter weather, effects of wearing a mask for months, and before the stresses of the sun and summer months contribute to skin problems for both men and women.

Every 30 days, your skin renews itself. If the old skin cells on top remain, the appearance of your skin can be dull and feel rough, and contribute to clogged, enflamed or enlarged pores.

The cold winter months and dry heat of the indoors, dry the skin more quickly. And finally, the friction, trapped moisture and germs from your mask can lead to break-outs and blemishes. Exfoliation can help, but must be done properly. It is the act of removing dead skin cells and debris from the outer most layers of the skin and pores.

There are two types of exfoliation: manual or physical scrub or chemical scrub made with skincare acids.

Physical scrubs help buff away dull, flaking, dead skin cells and encourage healthier, brighter skin. Chemical exfoliants gently dissolve dead skin cells and encourage cellular turnover.

This is particularly helpful with acne-prone skin, hyper-pigmentation, and in reducing pore size. Over-exfoliation can leave your skin reddened and irritated, inflamed, sensitive and flaking.

How much is too much? This is hard to answer because different people have different skin types and are in different environments that have differing effects on their skin, so seeking professional help or guidance is best.

It is important to find the frequency and product that best suits your skin needs for exfoliation. Exfoliation can also help your skin better absorb other skincare products. It evens texture and tone, and helps you achieve a radiant and glowing complexion. Seek professional help or guidance. For more information, call 423-616-0324.