Are you Over-Exfoliating Your Skin?

Over-exfoliation is a common skincare mistake that can lead to a host of skin problems. It occurs when you use exfoliating products too frequently, stripping away the skin's protective barrier. Here's what to watch for and how to heal your skin if you've overdone it. Signs of Over-Exfoliation Irritation and redness. Dryness and flakiness. Increased sensitivity. Breakouts. How to Heal Over-Exfoliated Skin

(1) Pause exfoliation. Immediately stop all forms of physical and chemical exfoliation to allow your skin time to recover.

(2) Gentle cleansing. Switch to a mild, sensitive skin care product for cleansing. Avoid anything with harsh detergents or high pH levels.

(3) Repair the barrier. Look for skin repairing products with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and fatty acids which help restore the skin's natural barrier. A natural moisturizer for dry skin can be particularly beneficial during this healing phase.

(4) Soothe and calm. Ingredients like aloe vera, allantoin, and centella asiatica can help soothe irritation and reduce redness.

(5) Protect from the sun. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily to protect it from further harm.

(6) Reintroduce exfoliation slowly. Once your skin has healed, reintroduce exfoliation gradually, starting once a week, and monitor how your skin responds.

Products to Avoid Avoid high concentrations of actives until your skin has fully recovered. Alcohol-based products can further irritate the skin, delaying healing. Fragrance can irritate compromised skin. Opt for clean beauty products that are fragrance-free. Professional Help If your skin doesn't start to improve after a couple of weeks of self-care, or if the symptoms worsen, it might be time to consult with a dermatologist. They can provide targeted treatments and advice to help your skin recover more effectively.


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