Exfoliants: Good & Bad

Exfoliants: Good & Bad

I recently spoke to a friend (the same one mentioned in my Retinol post) about why her skin was still peeling, even though she had stopped using a product that gave her a bad reaction. She then told me she was using St Ives Apricot Scrub as a daily exfoliant. My entire body started to scream.

St Ives is one of THE WORST exfoliants you could use on your face. Because the exfoliant pieces are so rough and large, they actually make tiny micro-cuts in your skin. I’m not kidding. And if you use it everyday, you’re not giving those cuts enough time to heal before cutting your skin again. Which only gives bacteria a lovely place to breed, so it may actually cause acne, rather than help get rid of it, as most people think.

Your skin has a natural process where it sloughs off its dead skin naturally, so physically exfoliating can exacerbate any dermatological issues you may have. The only kind of exfoliation that tends to help skin issues is chemical exfoliation, with some sort of acid, like Lactic or Glycolic.

If you are also using a Clarisonic brush with a rough brush head, you’re doing the same damage that the St Ives does. You should never want your skin to feel tight or have a shininess to it from cleaning it. And if it is red, tingling, or burning, your skin is screaming for you to stop hurting it.

You really only need a basic and very gentle cleanser, maybe a chemical exfoliant, or maybe a retinol cream (just be careful to look out for a reaction), and then a very basic, UNSCENTED (always try to get everything unscented) moisturizer. And be sure to moisturizer at least twice a day. Trust me, your skin will thank you!

If you have any questions about anything you’re using, or something you think you may need, feel free to contact me! I’m glad to answer your questions!

–Skye