As we age, our skin often takes longer to renew itself. Dead cells that stick around too long can clog pores and cause acne, ingrown hairs, dull skin, and wrinkles. From scrubs and exfoliating cleansers to hand-held micro-dermabrasion devices, facial exfoliating has become a must for beauty-conscious individuals wanting a smooth, even toned skin. But it doesn’t end there — products specifically for the body are coming out in masse every now and then hence it is no longer a surprise to get caught up in so much and hurting your skin in return.
It is important to know that how often you should exfoliate depends on your skin type. You could be an every-other-day exfoliator or a once a week person, but whichever one you are, you should know these top three signs that you’re over-exfoliating your skin.
It’s not always easy to tell when too much is enough, and sometimes warning signs of exfoliation are confused as good results. Read below to discover three signs it may be time to take a little respite from the exfoliators.
Shininess is the final warning sign that’s often misinterpreted as a positive outcome. We all want dewy, shiny skin that has a natural highlight and glow. However, if your skin starts to become shiny and translucent looking after you exfoliate, this actually isn’t a good sign.
This shininess is actually the result of your skin being stripped of its natural texture, and is an indicator of a weakened skin barrier. Your dewiness should come from essences, moisturizers, and other sources of hydration – not your stripping exfoliators. So, if you start to see a translucent shine appear on your skin after you exfoliate, it may be time to pedal it back.
- Redness and irritation
This one may seem obvious, but that’s why it’s number one—it is most likely to be your first sign of over-exfoliation. It’s not unusual for the skin to be slightly red immediately following exfoliation, but if it remains red hours after or the next day, that means you need to tone it back a bit.
Sometimes the skin can get itchy or you may experience a slight burning sensation when applying a chemical exfoliant, signaling that your skin’s barrier has been broken down by your exfoliation. If you feel tingling or burning sensations with your other skin care products, you’ll want to tone back your exfoliation. Remember, a light tingle is normal with acids, but if it’s even remotely painful or irritating, dial your exfoliating back.
Increased dryness and flakiness
With dry, combination, and normal skin types, over-exfoliation can cause your skin to become significantly drier, and even start peeling. If you notice that you are developing dry patches, are feeling the need to use much more moisturizer, or start to see peeling anywhere on your face, your skin needs a break from exfoliation. And remember, you should never try to exfoliate your peeling skin away—you will only make the situation worse.
As usual, there can be too much of a good thing. While exfoliating is one of the best ways to keep your skin soft, bright, and healthy, overdoing it can have some pretty damaging side effects. Think you are over-exfoliating your skin? Not to worry, there are methods to treat over-exfoliation and also you can schedule a free consultation session with our professionals today. Click here to book your session