Choosing an Exfoliator for Your Skin Type

Choosing an Exfoliator for Your Skin Type

Exfoliating is an important step in most people’s skin care routines. The only people who might want to skip exfoliating are those with extremely sensitive skin and even they have options on how they can exfoliate if they’re willing to be careful about it. For most of us, we can stand to be a little more flexible in our choice of products. This flexibility comes at the cost that not everyone is aware of how to properly select an exfoliating product for their skin. Each skin type can gain benefits from using an appropriate product. Not all product get labeled by skin type and this means you might have accidentally been missing an ideal product one shelf over all these years. OROGOLD has put together a short guide to give you an idea of what exfoliating products will suit your skin the best. Some information may be familiar, but there should still be something to learn.

Dry Skin
Dry and sensitive skin makes it difficult to find a good exfoliating product. Physical exfoliants can create minor tears in the skin that lead to redness and irritation. Chemical exfoliants won’t cut the skin, but they can easily dry the skin out further thanks to the common usage of hydroxy acids. Sometimes it can seem like every product you pick up does nothing except irritate your skin. The good news is that you do still have options. You’re going to need to be a bit more selective in your products choices though. Fine sugar scrubs are usable by people with dry skin and can help fortify the skin if the product continues the right extra ingredients along with its exfoliant. You need to be careful and make sure that the grain is truly fine though. Some people with dry skin are also able to use products using jojoba beads as well. Be sure to follow up with a moisturizer to help restore your skin after exfoliating though.

Normal Skin
Normal skin is comparatively easy to care for due to its overall resilience. The lack of specialized problems means you only need to pay attention to your skin’s reactions to exfoliating products to determine what works best for you. OROGOLD strongly recommends avoiding products meant to work for specific skin types though. Products for oily skin will readily dry normal skin out and products for dry skin could in turn causes build up on yours. If you want a physical scrub, you should stick to sugar scrubs or natural ingredients exfoliants like jojoba beads to ensure you’re not using products too rough for facial skin. You have more room than someone with dry skin though and can try more potent products. If you favor chemical exfoliants, then avoid using salicylic acid-based products as alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products will work just fine for normal skin. You don’t need the extra potency to help deal with excess oil.

Oily Skin
People with oily skin need to avoid scrubs whenever possible. Oily skin is often acne-prone as well and scrub can open acne and allow bacteria and grime to spread across the skin. This will increase the severity of breakouts as well as inflammation. You should focus on finding a good chemical exfoliant that works well for you. Salicylic acid cleansers are the typical recommendation for oily skin, but there is a growing competition between these products and ones derived from natural enzymes. Vegetable and fruit based enzyme cleansers are capable of offering similar benefits and may be gentler on the skin. This is a matter of personal taste ultimately. Salicylic acid is a highly tested product, but an enzyme-based approach may be favorable if your skin is more sensitive.

The variety of exfoliators available is a good thing for the skin care industry. Each of the three types we’ve discussed in this article as very broad categories each with their own nuanced areas. A variety of products means that OROGOLD and other companies can help you find the product that works best for you after you’ve figured out the kinds of products you need. Picking a better exfoliator should help you enjoy better results in the long run and keep your skin healthy and happy.

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