Exfoliation has many benefits. The most obvious is the elimination of the dead skin, which allows treatment products to better penetrate the skin. By removing this layer, called the stratum corneum, irregular pigment there goes with it. You’ll also see improvement in the skin’s overall appearance and texture.
At-home exfoliation not only polishes the skin, but can also help prepare it for in-office treatments. In-office exfoliation treatments, such as a chemical peels and microdermabrasion, go deeper and help the skin replenish itself by stimulating cell regrowth.
While a little post-exfoliation redness is OK, overly treating the skin can damage it. It’s not necessary to exfoliate every day-once a week is sufficient for most skin types, but oily and acne-prone skin can benefit from two treatments per week to prevent pores from getting clogged. This is why it’s important to know your skin type, and when in doubt, seek the advice of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
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