Skin Solutions: What is Exfoliation, How to Exfoliate, Benefits & Chemical vs Physical Exfoliation

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Did you know that on average, women spend over $300 a month on their appearance? If this sounds like you, then you might spend a good chunk of that money on skincare products.

We’re always chasing after the perfect skin, but do you actually know the proper steps to it? For example, do you know to exfoliate your skin?

If not, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about how to exfoliate so you can work towards the skin of your dreams.

What Is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation is the process of removing all the dead cells from the outer-most layer of your skin. You see, every day, we shed about 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells an hour.

While most of these skin cells fall off and create the dust particles we see in our homes, there’s a portion that needs some extra help. You can use an exfoliator to remove these dead skin cells in a way that won’t irritate your skin.

Types of exfoliators include peels, masks, and peel pads. These products can vary in ingredients which may cater to specific skin types or concerns.

Why Is Exfoliation Important?

Exfoliation is important for a few reasons.

First, exfoliation can help improve your dry and/or dull skin. Exfoliation can help eliminate the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin and allow the new, healthy cells to be exposed.

In addition, exfoliation can help with blood circulation, which can give your skin a brighter, healthier appearance.

You can try your hand at exfoliation with Dr. Dennis Gross exfoliating products such as:

  • Universal Daily Peels: an oil free, universal two-step peel that can enhance your skin’s natural glow, hydrate your skin, and reduce dullness
  • Extra-Strength Daily Peels: reducing wrinkles and minimizing the appearance of pores, this two-step peel works hard at battling visible signs of aging and evening your skin’s overall tone
  • Clinical Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel: a two-step liquid peel that smooths and evens the skin using a powerful blend of glycolic acid and lactic acid for reduction of wrinkles and dullness.
  • Ultra-Gentle Daily Peels: a nourishing, hydrating peel that can even tone and provide a luminous complexion while being gentle enough for daily use

These Dr. Dennis Gross chemical peels are made with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids).

AHAs are water-soluble while BHAs are oil-soluble. Examples of acids from both categories include salicylic acid, lactic acids, glycolic acid, and citric acid.

The Difference Between Chemical and Physical exfoliation

When it comes to how to exfoliate your skin, there are 2 main methods of exfoliation: chemical exfoliation and physical exfoliation.

Chemical exfoliation involves the usage of products with acidic chemicals; you may have heard of “chemical peels” which are a popular method of exfoliation for many. The chemicals in these products essentially eat away your dead skin cells, clearing the way for new, healthier skin cells.

Physical exfoliation is the process of using something rough to scrub at your skin. This allows you to physically remove dead skin cells from your skin instead of using chemicals to break them down.

As you may have guessed, there are pros and cons to each. Read on to find out more.

Pros of Chemical Exfoliation

Here are the pros of chemical exfoliation:

  • It can be better for people with oily or sensitive skin (especially products with BHAs)
  • Products containing BHA exfoliants can help reduce breakouts and the production of oils that cause breakouts
  • They can help with dark spots from sun damage (especially products with AHAs)
  • Quick results for healthy, glowing skin

Cons of Chemical Exfoliation

Some downsides to using chemical exfoliation are:

  • User error can lead to rashes, irritation, or dark spots
  • Require additional research to determine if user will have undesired side effects and whether some chemicals can be irritating to some skin types

Pros of Physical Exfoliation

Now here are the commonly recognized pros of physical exfoliation:

  • Your skin may feel cleansed and free of unwanted oils, but many of the healthy oils your skin needs have been stripped
  • They appear to provide quick results for incredibly dry, flaky skin, but are not lasting solutions for dry skin
  • Can be used for the lips if you experience cracked, flaky lips

Cons of Physical exfoliation

The cons of using physical exfoliation are:

  • Physical exfoliation can sometimes be too harsh for sensitive and/or dry skin
  • User error can result in microtears on the skin

While it may appear as though physical exfoliation has improved your skin’s texture or appearance immediately after use, the results are often temporary and do not deeply penetrate the skin with ingredients that can truly resurface and refresh your skin. Physical exfoliation can also lead to an imbalance of needed oils. For these reasons, Dr. Dennis Gross does not recommend physical exfoliation.

How Often Should You Exfoliate Your Skin?

How often you should exfoliate your face depends on your skin type and the type of product you’re using. Each person has unique skin. Plus, products can range in how powerful (and harsh) they can be on your skin.

In general, Dr. Dennis Gross recommends that you exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week if you have normal or combination skin. On the other hand, you should stick to about once a week if you have sensitive skin. Limiting the use of powerful exfoliants can help to reduce irritation. Some exfoliating products like Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads are even recommended for daily use.

How Exfoliation Should Fit Into Your Skincare Routine

It’s easy to fit exfoliation into your skincare routine. It is important that you thoroughly cleanse your skin prior to exfoliation.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to using an exfoliating product like Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels:

  1. First, do a quick spot test to make sure you’re not sensitive to any of the ingredients (this is recommended whenever you try a new skincare product!)
  2. After cleansing your skin, massage the Step 1 product into your dry skin
  3. Wait 2 minutes
  4. Massage the Step 2 product into your skin and let it dry for 2-3 minutes
  5. Finish off with a moisturizer and serum for nourished, healthy skin

Main Benefits of Exfoliating

Exfoliation can help you even your skin tone and lighten spots from sun damage or acne marks. You may be able to visibly reduce the appearance of acne scars, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation by exfoliating your skin.

When you use chemical exfoliators with BHAs, you won’t clog pores. Instead, the BHAs will get deep into your pores, removing not only dead skin cells, but also sebum, which causes acne.

Exfoliating products reach deep into your pores and clean them out, this means they also clear the way for other skincare products to penetrate the skin. As a result, the rest of the products in your routine can be much more effective.

Lastly, you’ll encourage your body to produce more collagen. The production of collagen will leave your skin looking more nourished, hydrated, youthful and healthy.

How Dr. Dennis Gross Exfoliating Products Can Help You

Dr. Dennis Gross is a dermatologist with over 25 years’ experience. He has perfected his products to be not only cruelty-free, but also scientifically sound so you get the best results for your skin possible.

Dr. Dennis Gross exfoliating products are made with both hydroxy acid AHA and BHA exfoliants that can address a variety of skin concerns. Not only that, but our products also include natural ingredients like chamomile and green tea extract that are gentle on your skin and can help reduce irritation.

Know How to Exfoliate Correctly for Radiant Skin

You now know how to exfoliate your face and body in the most effective way. Dr. Dennis Gross has a wide range of exfoliating products that can help you achieve the radiant, healthy skin you dream of.

Be good to yourself and your skin by treating yourself to the exfoliating skincare products made with ingredients that your skin will love. You’ll feel and see a world of difference in your skin when you give our line of high-quality, dermatologist tested products a try and hopefully, make them a must-have in your skincare routine.

Discover the full line of Dr. Dennis Gross exfoliating peels and Dr. Dennis Gross bestsellers!

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