Is chemical or physical exfoliation better?

May 09, 2016 0 Comments

In order to keep our skin at it's best, we should exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Exfoliating is the process of removing the top layer of the oldest skin cells on the surface of our skin.  People who have damanged or acne prone skin tend to benefit from exfoliating regularly because it increases your skincell turnover and rejuvenation rate. Increasing your skincell turnover can help lessen the chances of your pores clogging as well.  

peppermint scrub and pumpkin enzyme mask

Removing dead skin cells also lets your skincare products like serums, moisturizers and masks to absorb better into skin.

Which exfoliation method is best?

It really depends on your skin type but in general if you have active breakouts chemical is better and physical exfoliation works better for clear oilier skin.  

Chemical exfoliants contain acids that will break down the bonds between old skin cells to  remove unwanted dead skin.  This exfoliating method is great if you have sensitive acneic skin because it doesn't have the physical abrasiveness and friction that may aggravate and overly irritate skin with active acne on it.  Look for something with alpha hydroxy acids in it such as glycolic or lactic acid. Enzymes like pumpkin also eat away at dead skin cells. We recommend the pumpkin enzyme masque to exfoliate acne prone or dry skin.  

Physical exfoliators work by physically rubbing off the uppermost layer of your skin to remove dead skin cells.  If your skin is feeling flaky or oily this is a good method to exfoliate with.  Physical exfoliators include brushes, sponges, clothes, and scrubs.  We recommend the peppermint walnut scrub to exfoliate with once to twice a week with. This scrub also contains glycolic acid to provide some extra chemical exfoliation to aid in smoothing your skin.  

If your skin feels agitated or sensitive then decrease the frequency you exfoliate and you can increase frequency if you live in a humid and hot climate.