Exfoliating Treatments

Dangers of an Over-Exfoliated Skin

Many of us fall into the same trap.

Of buffing our way to lighter, brighter skin.

But if you’re an enthusiastic exfoliator, you may want to think again.

Because it is possible to over-stimulate your skin, causing inflamm-ageing.

One of the leading causes of premature ageing.

So join us as we decode what it means to have an over exfoliated skin.

Signs of Over Exfoliated Skin

Blemishes & Breakouts

You might think scrubbing away at your skin helps clear acne and breakouts, but you can do more harm than good if it’s over-exfoliated because it weakens the protective barrier.

Irritants and bacteria penetrate the cell walls without a strong barrier, leading to a cycle of breakouts and acne inflammation.

So, if your pimples stick around no matter how much you scrub or your skin is inflamed, it’s time to ease up on exfoliating.

This is a subject we have also covered in our article: are your exfoliating products damaging your skin barrier? Which you can read here.

Redness, Sensitivity & Irritation

Using abrasive or harsh products for your skin type can leave it red, sensitive, and irritated.

Instead, we recommend using gentle powders or a gentle gommage product that will roll away dry skin cells that adhere to the surface of your skin without irritating them.

Increased Dryness/Dehydration

You know you’ve overdone it with your exfoliation when your makeup settles into fine lines under harsh sunlight. Dry, flaky patches often become apparent, and your foundation suddenly just doesn’t sit right.

This is a clear sign that your skin needs hydration after being stripped bare because it has been over-exfoliated.

If this sounds familiar, try using a gentle enzymatic exfoliating gel instead. These clever formulas work like tiny little pacmen on your skin, breaking down dead skin cells without irritating them.

They are also great at offering additional hydration, keeping your skin plump and dewy.

Excess oil

Paradoxically, over-exfoliation can cause an overproduction of oil.

If your skin is over-exfoliated, it becomes irritated and goes into overdrive, producing more oil than necessary.

So, if you’re experiencing more daily shine than usual, it’s time to ease up on your exfoliation.

Don’t panic; it happens to the best of us, and it’s just time to take a step back and give your skin a well-deserved break to recover its natural balance.

Manual Exfoliants

Here at NC, we feel it’s important to mention the use of manual or physical exfoliants when discussing over-exfoliated skin.

If you’re a fan of scrubs, it’s worth noting that many inexpensive options rely on abrasive ingredients like apricot pits, walnut husks, or sugar.

Think St Ives! Check out this lawsuit against them due to their formulas potentially causing tiny microtears in the skin, I’m just saying!

Here’s the catch: these ingredients contain non-spherical grains with sharp edges that can damage your skin and trigger inflammation and irritation by scratching and irritating the epidermis. This can impair your skin’s protective barrier, which can cause several skin conditions, as mentioned above.

Instead, opt for gentler alternatives like papaya and pineapple enzymes, jojoba beads, bamboo, and diatomaceous earth.

These spherical ingredients offer a natural, non-irritating option for over-exfoliated skin.

To conclude. The naked truth

Many people believe that vigorous exfoliation is the key to achieving lighter, brighter skin.

However, for enthusiastic exfoliators, it’s essential to recognise that more isn’t always better.

Overstimulating your skin through excessive exfoliation can lead to detrimental effects, including weakening its natural defences and triggering inflammatory responses.

This trauma can induce inflammageing, a significant contributor to premature ageing.

The signs of over-exfoliated skin, from blemishes and breakouts to redness, sensitivity, and increased dryness, serve as cautionary flags, and it’s time to reassess your skincare routine.

Instead of harsh physical exfoliants, opt for gentle alternatives like enzymatic gels, powders, or gommage products, which effectively remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin without irritating or compromising its delicate balance.

Furthermore, remember that hydration is critical. Over-exfoliation strips your skin of natural moisture, leading to dryness and dehydration.

So don’t forget to use hydrating gels and serums after exfoliating to lock moisture against your skin.

If oily skin is a concern, it’s another sign of over-exfoliated skin, so you will need to give your skin time to recalibrate so its oil production is restored naturally.

We encourage you to listen to your skin’s cues, provide it with the care it needs, and avoid the pitfalls of over-exfoliation.

Your skin will thank you for it with a radiant, healthy glow that will stand the test of time.

One reply on “Dangers of an Over-Exfoliated Skin”

Appreciate this article. I now have
a much clearer idea of what is involved with exfoliation and how to look after my skin, A great series Thankyou!

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