What should I do if I over exfoliate?
How do you treat over-exfoliated skin?
- Use a mild, non-foaming cleanser.
- Treat red or raw areas with a nutrient-rich emollient, like Aquaphor or aloe gel.
- Add a 1% hydrocortisone cream on top of your favorite fragrance-free moisturizer.
- Finish your routine with a vitamin E oil to lock in moisture and promote healing.
Why does my skin look worse after exfoliating?
While physical exfoliants may buff away dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling smooth, the friction involved may irritate your already-inflamed skin, leading to increased redness and breakouts.
What happens if you never exfoliate?
Adult skin that’s not regularly exfoliated may experience acne and more rapid visible aging. It is often not very vibrant in tone, and easily becomes clogged with dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells. Blackheads are also more likely to occur.
What happens if you stop exfoliating?
When you have flaky, dry skin you need to moisturize, not exfoliate.” Damage from over-exfoliation can present in many ways, including tightness, shininess, stinging, redness and increased sensitivity, Hirsch said. “We tend to grossly overestimate what our skin can handle.”
Why do I break out after exfoliating?
After applying an active exfoliant to the skin, it loosens up the congestion deep within pores and pushes it toward the surface of the skin — causing what looks like a breakout but is actually just your skin going through a cycle.
Should I exfoliate morning or night?
But, if you wear makeup every day, exfoliating at night would help remove makeup particles from your skin and open up your pores to more of a cleansing. Yet, if your face is duller or if you have oilier skin, exfoliating in the morning would be best to provide your skin with a fresh glow to start your day.
How long does skin take to heal after exfoliating?
After four to six weeks, you should hopefully start to see signs of your skin improving. The symptoms of over-exfoliation should begin to die down, and your skin will slowly take on a healthier and brighter appearance. At this point, you can start to consider introducing exfoliation back into your skin care routine.
Does exfoliating help with dark spots?
Well, sadly they won’t be completely gone, but exfoliation will help to diminish the appearance of dark spots. Exfoliation also allows any other products to penetrate deeper into the skin—which means you’ll experience far better (and faster) results from any other products you use to treat your dark spots.