Why is exfoliation important?.

Written by: Center D Elle - September,10 2015

Why is exfoliation important? web

You may clean, moisturize and use sunscreen but if you are not exfoliating, your skin isn’t as healthy as you think. Exfoliation will help you in your quest for glowing healthy skin.*

Desquamation is the body’s natural process of shedding our old skin cells, also known as exfoliation, so new cells can come to the surface. However, our natural processes may not function up to par. In an oily skin condition, desquamation can be slower – as oily skin tends to act as a glue to hold dead skin cells to the surface. This contributes to clogged the pores, leading to the build-up of acne forming bacteria causing what we all know as “breakouts”.

When exfoliating, you are removing the dead cells from the skins outermost layer. Exfoliation can be performed mechanically by using abrasive scrubs on your skin or chemically, by using scrubs that contain a special kind of acid that dissolve and remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing. This will not only make the skin feel smooth, it improves skin tone and enhances the skin’s receptiveness and effectiveness of the face products that you apply.

Don’t think exfoliation is just for acne and the young. As we age, the cells don’t regenerate as quickly. Therefore, exfoliation is vital to those that are aging but not as often as those suffering from acne. It is a fine balance of retaining moisture in the aging skin and removing rough dry old skin cells that cause the aging face to look dull and ashen. As stated before, removing these dead cells will allow your moisturizing products to go deeper into the skin surface and have a longer lasting glow.*

A regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy. Exfoliation not only helps many skin problems, it also increases blood circulation that brings nutriments to the areas, which further helps your body to produce healthy and glowing skin.

The exfoliation process depends on your complexion as well as, the health and sensitivity of your skin. You might want to carefully choose an exfoliating product if you have severe acne, aging or sensitive skin.

Most women use manual exfoliation on a regular basis and reserve chemical exfoliation made by a professional for more intermittent use. Exfoliate twice a week – both the face and the body – however, it is important not to strip away too many of your natural oils, so a good balance is essential. A professional aesthetician can combine the manual and chemical exfoliation for better results.

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If you choose to use a manual exfoliating scrub, choose one with smooth round granules rather than rough particles that can injure your skin. Be gentle – a light touch with your fingertips is all you need to slough off the dead skin cells.

Professional chemical exfoliation, peels and masks that contain alpha or beta hydroxy acids provide a deep level of exfoliation.

If you wish to have healthy, glowing skin, regular exfoliation is important. Your exfoliation routine should be once or twice a week, more than that can leave your skin dry, irritated and damaged.

Aftercare for exfoliation

Because you are increasing blood circulation, breaking down toxins and encouraging new skin cells to come through, our best advice is to drink lots of water, which drains toxins. It is important to apply a good moisturizer to hydrate the skin from the outside in. Do not expose your exfoliated skin to the sun for at least 48 hours. When in the sun, you will always need to apply a lotion with SPF 30 to 50 to all exposed skins.

Specific skin conditions and benefits of exfoliation

Acne and clogged pores

It is important for people with blemished skin to use an exfoliator on the face or body at least twice a week. Some people believe the best way to stop a break-out is to stir; the skin of acne producing bacteria. However exfoliation will also dry out the skin and could cause irritation even on oily skin.*

We would suggest removing dead cells with exfoliation at least twice a week and most importantly, keep the skin clean and hydrating with a good moisturizing lotion. Make sure that you apply the lotion with clean hands to prevent bacteria infection of the pore.

Most people with this condition, if severe enough, must see a medical professional (dermatologist, medical aesthetician or family practitioner trainer in dermatologic conditions) every 4-6 weeks to develop a medical plan for you.*

Pigmentations and pigmented lesions

Pigmentation of the skin can be the dark areas that come from age, break outs, pregnancy and changes in your hormonal balance. These areas tend to become more apparent and darker as the skin ages, Exfoliation is beneficial for breaking up pigmented cells, encouraging them to fade. After having a blemish on the skin there can sometimes be a dark mark left for a while. Exfoliation can also help these. This can tale some time to see results and may need to be combined with other medical grade therapies for various pigmented lesions.

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However, an important note: Please contact a medical professional for proper diagnosis of the pigmented lesion who will also develop a medical plan to help or remove the lesion. A physical, nurse practitioner or medical aesthetician can determine the right treatment for you. Also, you must be aware that some lesion that look benign, can actually be malignant. Therefore, you must have the lesion examined if it is a new, irregular or growing.

Dry skin

If your skin is dry or dehydrated, you may find scaly or flakey areas, which would benefit hugely from exfoliation. Once you have exfoliated an area of dry skin you can apply a moisturizer to the fresh surface skin cells.

Ingrown hairs

When you have your legs or bikini line waxed you are pulling the hair from the root. It sometimes cannot pierce through the skin and a red spot will appear around the hair. This is an ingrown hair. Exfoliating the area will remove dead skin and allow the hair to break through the skin.

General health and well being

When you exfoliate the body you are increasing the blood circulation and lymphatic system which is very beneficial for the body, this helps encourage new skin cells, breaks down fatty tissues, breaks down and drains toxins from the skin. After exfoliating the skin is left beautifully soft and ready to absorb a good moisturizer.

Remember, one of the nature biggest secrets for dry, dehydrated dull looking skin is WATER… Hydration, hydration, hydration. However this is only one facet of the key to beautiful, glowing skin.

For further information, call us at (407)270-1438 and book an appointment with Susan, our licensed medical aesthetician. We can also refer you to qualified dermatologists in the Winter Park and Orlando areas. 


*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person

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