SUNDAY, January 8, 2017 – Many skin care products promise to improve their appearance by exfoliating – or removing dead cells – from the outer skin layer.
Sometimes a peel from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) can do more harm than good.
"In some people, peeling can make the skin worse and lead to redness or acne breakouts," said Dr. Rebecca Tung, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. It is important to do this safely so that your skin is not damaged. "
Before exfoliating, consider your skin type, as recommended by Tung in an AAD press release.
- Sensitive skin burns or stings frequently after using skin care products.
- Normal skin is clear and insensitive.
- Dry skin is flaky, itchy, or rough.
- Oily skin is shiny and oily.
- Combination skin is dry in some places and greasy in others.
"If you know your skin type, you can choose a peeling method that best suits your skin," said Tung.
There are two ways to exfoliate at home. Dead skin can be removed with a mechanical tool such as a brush, peeling or sponge. It can also be gently removed with chemicals such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids, says Tung.
These steps help prevent damage:
- Take into account all medicines and skin care products that you are already using. Some can make your skin more sensitive, e.g. B. Prescription retinoid creams or products that contain retinol or benzoyl peroxide. Exfoliating while using these products can cause acne breakouts or excessive dryness.
- Choose a method that suits your skin type. People with dry, sensitive, or acne-prone skin should consider using a washcloth and mild chemical peel. People with oily, thick skin may prefer stronger chemical treatments or a mechanical peel. People with darker skin may not respond well to hot peels.
- Be kind to your skin. Peels or chemical peels should be applied gently in a small circular motion for about 30 seconds. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Never exfoliate skin injuries, cuts or sunburn.
- Apply moisturizer immediately after peeling.
- Don't overdo it. In most cases, the more aggressive the peeling should be carried out less often. Excessive peeling can lead to redness and irritation of the skin.
If you have any questions, a dermatologist can examine your skin and help you decide if exfoliation is beneficial for you, Tung said.
The US National Institute on Aging provides more information on skin care and aging.
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Published: January 2017