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How Often Should You Exfoliate?

Posted: 22 February 2020 by Annemarie O'Donnell

Exfoliation: we’re lead to believe that this is the answer to revealing younger and more radiant skin. We’re sorry to be the ones to break it to you, but this is often not the case. Unlike your favourite influencer or celebrity might suggest when they’re sharing their skincare regime, exfoliation shouldn’t be performed every day or part of your normal cleansing routine.

The philosophy of dermaviduals is to keep the outer layer of the skin intact so it remains in a state of homeostasis (or balance) for healthily functioning skin. By over-exfoliating your skin you may be getting rid of live skin cells, as well as dead skin cells, breaking down your skin barrier and creating an imbalance. If your skin isn’t healthy, natural desquamation will slow or cease, meaning your skin’s own exfoliation process will be inhibited. To get a little technical, the skin has a built-in epidermal renewal process whereby the cells differentiate and migrate from the deeper layers of our skin and eventually desquamate from the surface. If you’re over-exfoliating, you’ll impair this process and if this natural exfoliation process isn’t occurring, you’ll feel the need to exfoliate more frequently.

If you’ve found yourself stuck in this vicious cycle, there’s hope! Chat to a dermaviduals skin treatment therapist about the types of exfoliation that your skin needs and how often you really should be doing it. They may suggest our DMS Peeling Cream, which gently (but effectively) polishes your skin using jojoba beads. An in-clinic option is our Enzyme Treatment Mask, which ensures your skin health is put first. Unlike conventional acid-based peels that impair the homeostasis of the skin and promote the onset of dehydration, these enzymatic peels gently
dissolve excess oils and unwanted keratinocytes (skin cells that have gone through their lifecycle).

Once your skin is back in equilibrium, you’ll generally only need to exfoliate at home once or twice a week and see your skin treatment therapist for a slightly deeper exfoliation in-clinic every 6 weeks. Of course, all skins are different, so your sweet-exfoliation-spot could vary.

How often do you exfoliate? Let us know in the comments!

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