Here’s how to know if you’ve over-exfoliated your skin, and how to fix it
Exfoliation is meant to treat breakout-prone skin and uneven texture, but over-exfoliating the skin can actually leave you with those same problems. Here’s what you need to know
Is your skin looking ultra-shiny and almost too glowy? It can be a sign that you’ve over-exfoliated your skin, and while it may masquerade as a radiant glow for a while, it can start to degenerate into dry skin, rough patches and rashes. “When exfoliation is done right, you won’t even notice it. Yes, your skin will feel a bit smoother, cleaner, younger, and healthier. But if you’re too overzealous, the irritation can look waxy from wiping away skin cells and natural oils, which allows for premature exposure of underlying skin,” says Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, ISAAC Luxe. “It is important to note that healthy skin will look plump, not thin or slick.”
How often should you exfoliate?
Usually skin needs to be exfoliated only one-two times a week to improve and expedite skin cell turnover. If you’ve been slathering on acids and retinol on a daily basis, it can harm your skin on a longtime basis. “Many clients come to me with over-exfoliated skin. Either they have used too many peels or have over-done harsh physical scrubs that tend to leave their skin sore, bruised, red, and irritated,” confirms Dr Gupta. “Even for someone with overactive oil glands, like that in case of acne, we advise weekly or fortnightly peels. Nothing too aggressive will help,” says Mumbai-based dermatologist Dr Simal Soin.