An exfoliating face scrub helps your dull-looking skin to look healthy. Whether you have dull, dry skin or an oily complexion, face scrubbing can easily change things for the better in the skincare department… or that’s what we thought.
The particles used in various scrubs, especially the DIY ones can have rough, uneven edges that can scratch your skin, causing small tears that aren’t always visible to the naked eye.
They can create small tears in the skin and lead to damaged skin. Using such scrubs result in irritation, redness, dryness and scratches on your skin.
Micro-tears gradually weaken skin’s barrier, making skin more prone to dry, flaky patches, redness, and signs of sensitivity. With daily use, especially if you’re zealously scrubbing with these ingredients, skin loses its ability to restore itself and look healthy. (Source: paulaschoice.com)
Scrubs rely on you to do most of the work. You have to spread them and rub them on your skin to remove dead skin cells. But are you using the same amount of product and spending the same amount of time on each area of your face (and body?). Chances are you’re not. The result? Uneven exfoliation. Some areas will be better exfoliated than others. Some may even be all red and flaky. (Source: careergirldaily.com)
What then should you use?
You should try to get milder scrubs but even with that you need to test it on a part of your body first. If it feels harsh it definitely will hurt the skin on your face since they are thinner and more sensitive.
You can also use chemical exfoliants.
There are two types: alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs). These acids work by dissolving the “glue” that holds your skin cells together, thus allowing them to slough off. All you have to do is apply them all over your face, and let them work their magic. (Source: careergirldaily.com)
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)
AHAs, including citric, lactic, and glycolic acids, remove surface skin cells to help improve the look and feel of your skin. Instead of abrasive particles, products with these acids dissolve dead skin cells. (Source: healthline.com)
Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs)
Perhaps the best-known BHA is salicylic acid, which works by dissolving dead skin cells in your pores. Salicylic acid is widely available in toners, cleansers, and lotions. Be sure to use only one salicylic acid-containing product at a time to prevent irritation and peeling. (Source: healthline.com)
How are face scrubs different from leave-on exfoliants?
Scrubs and AHA or BHA exfoliants have completely different benefits and work in very different ways. Scrubs simply refine the very surface of skin, they cannot remove the thick, built-up layers of dead skin that result from sun damage or a misbehaving pore lining. Scrubs also can’t diminish white bumps or other blemishes like leave-on exfoliants can.
AHAs and BHA can reach all the dead layers, help skin look younger, and hydrate beyond the surface. Plus, BHA can exfoliate directly inside the pore and improve how the pore works—no scrub can do that. (Source: paulaschoice.com)
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