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How Often Should You Exfoliate Your Face?

Skin exfoliation is one of the quickest and easiest ways to have the rosy, glowy skin everyone wants. Most beauty and skincare vloggers often say that exfoliating products are a must when starting a skincare kit. 

More people scramble over the tips from beauty gurus but find themselves falling down the rabbit hole of over-exfoliating their faces. Ever wondered how often you should exfoliate your face? 

Avoid committing this common mistake and raid your skincare kit for possible harmful products you might have been using on your face! Keep track of the suggested number of times you can exfoliate each week, as they should depend on your skin type and your skincare goals.

Related: WHAT IS MY SKIN TYPE? GUIDE TO FIND IT OUT

Frequency of Exfoliation for Different Skin Types

Clay mask exfoliate

Dry or sensitive skin

Harsh products found on some skincare kits may irritate dry or sensitive skin, resulting in further dryness or sensitivity.

How often?

Individuals with dry or sensitive skin should only exfoliate once or twice a week.

What to look for:

  • Moisturizing ingredients such as enzyme if you have sensitive skin or a glycolic [acid] if dry
  • Ultra-gentle formulas with ingredients (ex. bamboo or rice powder)

Oily or acne-prone skin

Skin experts recommend that oily or acne-prone skinned individuals explore through the line of chemically-based exfoliating cleansers for deep-pore cleaning results.

How often?

Oily or acne-prone types can exfoliate two or three times a week (only if their skin can tolerate it)

What to look for:

  • Products containing salicylic acid or those with oil-soluble properties
  • Cleansers with BHA (beta hydroxy acid)

*Individuals under this category may also try using physical means of exfoliation to remove any extra dirt buildup. 

Combination skin

If you’re lucky enough to have this skin type, you would be happy to know that you can switch between scrubs, acids, and enzymes for example COFFEE FACE AND BODY SCRUB.

How often?

Exfoliating for this type should be two or three times a week (if your skin can tolerate it)

What to look for:

  • Exfoliating products with ingredients like mandelic acid

Mature skin

For older customers with mature and sensitive skin, knowing how many times to exfoliate can reduce wrinkles and pigmentation.

How often?

Skin experts recommend exfoliating about twice a week, but you can only do it once if your skin shows signs of irritation.

What to look for:

What You Should Know About Over or Under Exfoliating

Coffee face scrub

Different skin types have recommended times for exfoliation each week. But, some who are unaware of the repercussions of over or under exfoliating are prone to dangers. 

For example, not exfoliating enough will lead to dead skin buildup, resulting in a face with dull, congestion, and rough texture skin. Under exfoliation may lead to acne or skin impurities if left untreated.

Meanwhile, over-exfoliation causes irritation and small tears in the skin that are red flags that something’s not right. Too much exfoliation can lead to damaged skin with infections or eczema.

Be wary of the products you purchase for your skincare kit, as wrong products may not penetrate as deeply as they should without proper exfoliation.

No skin is the same, and what works for others may not work the same way with your skin. You might need to try few products before finding the right one that works. If you’re still not sure, try to consult a dermatologist.

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