When You Shouldn’t Exfoliate


When You Shouldn’t Exfoliate

Exfoliating regularly is a basic part of skin care. Few guides ever skip over it and its importance in maintaining your skin’s overall health and clarity. Due to this, there tends to be a degree of misunderstanding in how often you should actually exfoliate and if there is ever a point at which you need to stop. One thing OROGOLD would like to get out of the way now is that, no, you should not be exfoliating every day. All but the strongest skin is likely to have told you that is a bad idea already. However, some people swear you have to do it that often while others opt for once a week. While deciding how often is something you need to test and see what works for you, we can certainly tell you when to avoid exfoliation.

When Your Skin Says No
No matter your favored form of exfoliation, chemical or manual, your skin reacts to it. Chemicals often leave your skin with a tingling sensation and a fading redness and scrubbing a bit too hard with a brush can do the same. This is a fairly routine thing and they fade quickly. However if you’re being too rough on your skin, these signs will stop fading as quickly. The burning sensation will linger and your skin might feel raw to the touch. Constant redness could also be a problem. This is especially true if it is overly sensitive to the touch too. These are all signs that your skin has had enough and you need to let it heal. Stop exfoliating until your skin has had a few days to heal and then reassess how often you’ve been exfoliating.

When the Skin is Damaged
Yes, exfoliating properly can help repair signs that you skin has been damaged. OROGOLD fully acknowledges and endorses using exfoliating in this fashion. The problem comes in when people aren’t listening to their body and try to force matters. If you’ve had a noticeable wound that seems healed, but reacts poorly to touch…wait. If you’ve ignored moisturizing a dry patch for so long and it has gotten scaly, moisturize it for a while and let it heal from the dryness and then start exfoliating. Anywhere your skin is going to be more sensitive than normal requires special consideration before exfoliation. If you have any doubts, talk to your dermatologist.

When Your Doctors Tell You So
Particular illnesses or treatments can leave your skin extra sensitive and prone to damage. These side-effects will generally be something your doctor warns you about. At that point, you should forget about using harsh products or brushes on your skin until the doctor tells you otherwise. This does not mean you have to fully abandon exfoliation, but you should take a very basic approach. Use cold or warm water to wet your face and gently massage it. Afterwards you should very lightly rub a fluffy washcloth across your face to help clear away the dead skin cells. This should let you still exfoliate, but pay close attention to your skin and stop if you notice any of the signs of sensitive skin discussed in the first section.

Exfoliation is important, but it is not worth damaging your skin over. Your body is a sophisticated piece of equipment that has plenty of built in warning signs to let you know when you should or should not do something. Pay attention to them whenever you’re doing something that is harsh to a degree, like exfoliation, so that you treat your skin well even if you do occasionally need to be a bit harsh to it to ensure its proper care. If you follow these tips, then OROGOLD is sure you’ll be able to work out when and how often exfoliation is right for you.

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