Exfoliation is an excellent way to shed dead skin cells and reveal fresh, radiant skin. However, people tend to exfoliate a bit too much and a bit too often with its increasing popularity. Over-exfoliating is one of the biggest mistakes.
Generally, the skin should be exfoliated only one to two times per week to help expedite skin cell turnover without causing damage. If you’ve been slathering on the exfoliating acids daily, there’s a good chance your skin is begging for a break.
Luckily, there are signs that you’re overdoing it on the exfoliators. Classic signs include irritation and inflammation of the skin. Eventually, your complexion can become dry and flaky. You may even develop a rash-like texture, leading to uneven tones like patchy, red blotches. Breakouts are another typical reaction, especially small, rough, bumpy pimples. You may also notice increased skin sensitivity to applying subsequent products in a regular daily regimen.
Tips for Over-Exfoliation Recovery
- Stop using harsh cleansers, retinol products, and exfoliation.
- Switch to a hydrating cleanser and a nourishing moisturizer.
- Spot treat significantly affected areas with rich emollient like Aquaphor. You can also use skin barrier repair treatment like Dermtella barrier repair oil.