Facial Exfoliation: Good or Bad?

I think it is arguable to state that most individuals have heard at some point in their existence that facial exfoliation is a necessary component of keeping skin clear, clean and healthy.

Facial exfoliation is the act of using an exfoliant, or a scrub of some sort, to rid your face of excess dead skin cells and to unclog pores from dirt and accumulated skin. I have heard numerous times that facial exfoliation is key in terms of keeping your skin clear and free of pimples, but I was always unsure of just how often I should be exfoliating.

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to such question, because all persons have different skin. An individual with dry or flaky skin would likely not exfoliate as often as an individual with oily skin, but at the same time, every person and their skin type varies.

I tried to do some research of my own on the topic, but again, I found it difficult to come up with a designated answer to my question. Should I be exfoliating every day, morning and evening? Or just once a day? Or perhaps every other day, or perhaps only a couple of times a week?

See what I mean? It’s a tricky question to answer. However, I do have my own proposition to offer in regards to how often a person should exfoliate their face, but this is based entirely on my own personal opinion and my own skin type. I have combination skin, meaning my skin on my face tends to get oily in specific spots, typically my forehead and chin, though can be dry in others, for example around my mouth and my eyes. So, based on my own use of a gentle exfoliant, I have determined that I am able to exfoliate my skin once every other day. Again, this may be too often for some individuals, though not enough for another, so always try a product of practice out yourself before you make any sort of final decision or commitment to something new to your beauty routine.

It is also important to keep in mind that there are different types of exfoliants. The one I use is from LUSH (check out my product review on the LUSH Mask of Magnanimity Mask), and it is a milder exfoliant, meaning the granular ingredients in the scrub that exfoliate the skin are smaller and smooth. Scrubs that use salt grains or other larger ingredients to exfoliate can be harmful to the skin when used too frequently because they can strip the skin of moisture and can encourage inflammation. Always do your research and educate yourself about a product before using it.

So, while my exfoliant routine may not work for one person, it may for another, or it may not work for anyone but me. Get to know your own skin, and start exfoliating!

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