Exfoliation For Acne

You can't get a pimple without a clogged pore, but regular exfoliation can help keep acne at bay by keeping pores clear. However, not all exfoliation techniques are equal. So which is right for your skin?

With enzymatic exfoliation, enzymes derived from papaya or pineapple can be used to exfoliate the skin. These enzymes are ideal for sensitive or reactive skin because they dissolve the dead skin cells with the least chance of irritation.

In physical/manual exfoliation, scrubs utilize beads, particles or other abrasive agents to manually remove the buildup of dead cells. However, those with active breakouts, rosacea or otherwise sensitive skin should avoid this type of exfoliation.

Chemical exfoliation uses acids to remove debris from the surface of the skin, as well as deep in the pores. Ideal for acne, beta-hydroxy acids, like salicylic acid, loosen the bonds that hold the dead cells together and help avoid clogged pores. Alpha-hydroxy acids like glycolic acid are effective as well, and also have anti-aging properties.