Along with cleansing and moisturising, exfoliating is recognised as part of a healthy skincare routine. This simple step can rejuvenate your skin and refresh your complexion; but exfoliation can sometimes cause skin to breakout in spots. Not a good look. So before you rub on that scrub, check out our guide to exfoliation to keep those breakouts at bay.
Exfoliation is a vital step in the fight against dry, flaky skin. Said to deeply cleanse pores and slough away dead skin cells, it smooths the surface of the skin to reveal soft, dewy skin underneath. But why does it occasionally irritate the skin and cause spots? The answer is simple, your skin may be purging. When exfoliating, treatments remove skin cells from the top layer of the skin, making it easier for any blockages beneath the skin to come to the surface. This pore clearing is known as purging. But fear not, this means that once these blockages have cleared, your skin will settle down. Purging is only a temporary reaction. Once the exfoliation treatments have done their work and rid your skin of impurities and dead cells, those breakouts should stop… within around 28 days. Phew! Whether you use facial scrubs, DIY treatments, exfoliating sponges and brushes or peeling masks, here are a few tips to help reduce the breakouts:

Daily exfoliation is not necessary

You don’t have to exfoliate your skin every single day for it to be effective. In this situation, less is definitely more so aim to only exfoliate once or twice a week.

Include exfoliation in your morning routine

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Skincare experts believe that skin renews itself overnight, making the morning the ideal time to slough any dead skin cells away.

Pay attention

If you’re using a new product, then experiencing some breakouts is normal. On the other hand, too much redness, flaking or persistent breakouts could mean it’s time to switch products.

Always moisturise

Follow any exfoliation with a moisturiser to replace any natural oils that may have been stripped away from your skin.

Don’t skip the cleanser

Before exfoliating your face, make sure to cleanse your skin so you’re not driving any dirt or residue deeper into your pores.

Take it easy

No matter if it’s your back, feet or the delicate surface of your face, don’t scrub away at your skin thinking you’re doing it some good. Follow your chosen product’s instructions and be gentle. There you have it! These little tips should do the trick for glowing, radiant skin from head-to-toe - minus the spots, of course.