Selecting Exfoliating Products For Your Skin Type

Updated 10/10/2020

Beautiful, healthy skin takes work.

And correct exfoliation is the cornerstone of good skincare.

But it’s confusing we appreciate.

With so many exfoliating products lining the store shelf, how can you begin to make sense of it?

The best way to search through the myriad of exfoliating products is to break it down by skin type:

The different types of exfoliating products

  • facial scrubs
  • enzymatic masks
  • cleansing beads
  • exfoliating products
  • abrasive Sponges
  • alpha hydroxy acids
  • beta hydroxy acids
  • roll-off masks, known in the beauty industry as Gommage products

If you have dry skin

You would want to look for exfoliants that contain moisturising ingredients such as coconut oil, or shea butter. Exfoliating products with a cream base or a gommage peeling formula is ideal, that will help get rid of stubborn skin cells that have adhered to the surface.

If you have oily skin

Your skin type tends to be thicker and unless you are suffering from inflamed breakouts, your skin will have a higher tolerance, so you can use exfoliating products a couple of times a week depending on the ingredients.

You should look for products that contain alpha or beta acids, salicylic or glycolic acids. Be sure to not overdo it though, if you dry out your skin too much it can cause redness and irritation – you may even stimulate increased oil production as your body responds to being over dry.

To find out how exactly to exfoliate an oily skin follow the link.

If your skin is combination

If you have combination skin – your T-zone is oily and your cheeks are dry, you should keep the majority of your exfoliation to the T-zone area. You should follow exfoliation with moisturiser applied heavily to the dry skin areas and sparsely on the oily areas.

If you have sensitive skin

This topic is quite in-depth, simply because there is so much going on with this skin type. For this reason, we have dedicated a whole article to it, which you can read here.

Be careful of ingredients within formulas

It is important to ensure you are not using cheap exfoliants, which are often formulated with irregular exfoliating ingredients.

We have seen a number of cases in our clinic, where clients have over exfoliated with these types of products, to the point where they have impaired the barrier and caused terrible sensitivity in their skin.

These exfoliating products use ingredients like crushed walnut pieces that are not spherical in shape, these cause tiny micro-tears on the surface of your skin, and in our professional opinion they are the facial equivalent of a pan scourer and can potentially do more harm than good

The naked truth

The philosophy at The Naked Chemist is about healing skin, calming inflammation, which we feel is at the root of all premature ageing.

This is why our exfoliating products are gommage or powder-based. Our powder-based exfoliant is enzymatic – the papaya and pineapple enzymes have a much deeper action on the skin than a manual exfoliant, yet are still extremely gentle.

They work like little Pac men on the skin, munching and dissolving the protein bonds between dead cells, penetrating the hair follicles, and removing the build-up of follicular debris in the cell wall, they also have an exfoliating action in the pores, helping to unplug blocked sebaceous (oil) glands; preventing the imperfections that can lead to scarring and acne lesions.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Selecting Exfoliating Products For Your Skin Type

  1. Robin Lee/rcl320@hotmail.com says:

    good morning, I have atopic dermatitis in face area I am looking for skincare regimen that will not irritate my skin can you recommend a product to use surfactin free skincare my skin is dehydrate combination/sensitive, I am currently using Rosewater, carrot oil, dr. Dennis gross hydrating serum, shea butter, Kiehl’s ultra facial cream, olay regenerist moisturizer and olay chamomile in white tea mist. Please help I am African american women age 60.

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Robin. Thank you for your inquiry. I would recommend Fortify, Biolipid and ceramide repair balm to start with, I have an amazing exfoliator that you might also like to try, that wdoes not contain scrubbing bubbles that cause tiny micro tears, instead this is very effective and gentle and will leave your skin feeling like glass. Please reach out if you want further information Samantha

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