Do you want to learn the nitty-gritty about exfoliation? Our skincare experts share their best tips for improving the skin through exfoliation and chemical peels.
What Is Exfoliation?
Exfoliation is a process for removing the outer layers of skin. When it comes to exfoliation, you have options. There are two primary methods for removing dead and damaged skin cells.
- Mechanical – Mechanical exfoliation uses a physical agent to rub off and remove the outer layers of skin. Many different types of abrasive agents are available, including scrubs and manual exfoliation devices. Examples of mechanical exfoliation include salt scrubs, skin brushing, microdermabrasion, and jojoba bead scrubs.
- Chemical – Removing skin using topical solutions is called chemical exfoliation. The enzymes or acids used in a chemical peel help loosen cellular bonds, remove impurities and damaged skin cells, and allow old skin to slough off and reveal a vibrant, new layer.
Both types of exfoliating treatments can be performed at home or under the guidance of a skincare professional, like the team at Art Plastic Surgery. Gentle and more aggressive options are available, so we can meet your current needs, whatever they are.
Why Exfoliating Is Good for Your Skin
Skin is constantly regenerating. New skin forms in the deep layers of the dermis and moves upward to the epidermis (the part of the skin you can see) as it ages. Old skin sloughs off, making way for those new skin cells. Cell turnover can slow down as you age, leaving your skin with dull, dry, and rough appearance. Exfoliation removes older skin cells, helping to show off the bright and beautiful skin.
Exfoliation has many benefits including improved skin tone and texture, fewer skin imperfections, and a more youthful appearance. Regular exfoliation is one of our favorite beauty tips.
Your Options for Exfoliation at Home and in the Office
- At home: To avoid damaging the skin, it is best to stick to gentle exfoliating treatments at home. A gentle skin serum containing alpha-hydroxy acid or soft dry brushing are some of your best options. Avoid harsh exfoliants like crushed apricot pits. Our skincare experts can help you find products that will work well for your skin and can be safely used at home.
- In the office: Deeper treatments are best performed under the careful supervision of a doctor. Our office provides men and women in Paramus, NJ and the surrounding areas with a variety of options for exfoliating the skin. One of the most popular in-office options for exfoliating is the chemical peel. We have light peels for a quick touch-up before a big event and deeper peels that can address stubborn skin concerns.
How Often Should I Exfoliate My Skin?
How often you exfoliate your skin will depend on many factors, including your skin type and the type of exfoliating treatment being used. We’ll help you establish a treatment plan so your skin always looks its best.