Exfoliation is the best way to remove the dead skin cells on the topmost layer of your skin. To give your skin a glow that is noticeable, use a good scrub or chemical treatment methods. Choose a face scrub based on your skin type, in order to have the best results. Exfoliating in the correct way will make your skin softer and smoother and also give it that much-needed glow.
For normal to oily skin, try exfoliation by some mechanical methods like home microdermabrasion or a face cleanser with scrubbing beads. These methods are good for skin that are not too sensitive and is free of acne. Your skin will feel soft and smooth instantly. Microdermabrasion, when combined with an advanced face cleansing system is highly effective for exfoliation purposes. Other types of exfoliation treatments are prescription retinoids and retinol which are available over-the-counter. Retinoids like Retin-A or Renova are commonly prescribed by dermatologists. Choose only one method of either mechanical exfoliation or prescription drugs. A combination of the two may not be good for your skin.
For acne prone skin, avoid using faces scrub. A brush or grainy cleanser is not good for such skin and may worsen the inflammation. Remove the clogged pores with good products containing salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Dermatologists may also suggest a strong acid peel for acne prone skin shed the dead skin cells and to eliminate clogging of pores responsible for information of pimples. Peels also reduce scars of previous breakouts.
For sensitive skin prone to dark spots, the best exfoliates are retinoids or chemical peels. Treat the dark spots specifically to brighten your skin and remember to use sunscreen. Exfoliation makes skin more prone to damage caused by the sun’s rays and may make hyper pigment worse.
For dry or sensitive skin, exfoliation is good to restructure the top layer of the skin if it is done in a way that prevents the loss of water. Use a gentle peel for such skin and follow up the exfoliation process with a rich moisturizer. Without moisturizing, dry skin will become drier after exfoliation.
For every type of skin, use a cleanser that is gentle. Harsh cleansers remove the natural oils of the skin and make it dry. Avoid using a scrub or a brush, if you are undertaking retinoid treatment. Too much exfoliation and harsh scrubs are also not good for the skin. Harsh scrubs include scrubs with particles of apricot, nut shells, crushed seeds etc. Apply SPF after exfoliation, prior to stepping out in the sun.