How to Heal Over Exfoliation🧼

clairebeccaclairebecca
Sep. 28
Over exfoliation is a common concern. It's also a vicious cycle; we exfoliate to remove dead skin buildup, and if we're not careful we create more!
What is over exfoliation?
Over exfoliation happens when we use an exfoliant too often, be it chemical or physical. Chemical exfoliants include those with acids such as AHA's and BHA's and are easy to overuse since many serums and topicals also contain the very same ones. It's easy to double up on them without realizing it.
Physical exfoliants have physical particles in them that create fiction to slough off dead skin. St. Ives Apricot Scrub is one of the most well-known physical exfoliants and very harsh on the skin!
How to tell if you suffer from over exfoliation.
A surefire way to tell if you've over exfoliated your skin is to see how much dead skin build up you still have. Does your face still look as though it needs to be exfoliated even though you've been using an exfoliant? It's probably the irritation created from overexfoliation.
Other ways to tell are if your skin is sensitive and red, if your skin hurts to the touch, and if you notice your skin overall seems worse.
What to do if your skin is over exfoliated.
Over exfoliation luckily can take care of itself by simply not exfoliating, laying off any products with strong actives, and moisturizing well.
When repairing your skin, try to moisturize with something heavier than you may normally use and use a product formulated for dry and sensitive skin.
Make sure to wear sunscreen! This is always important, but especially when healing your skin.
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