When it comes to chemical exfoliation, we all want to get it right on the first try. However, not every one of us is that lucky. Lack of knowledge or experience may lead us to undergo these following common issues that come when you try out chemical exfoliation.
Just like physical exfoliation, there is such a thing as over-exfoliation with chemical exfoliation. This can be caused by either using your exfoliant too frequently or using an exfoliant that is too strong for your skin. Lack of aftercare or a great nourishing routine for the newly surfaced skin cells may also contribute to the issues that come with over-exfoliation.
The first side-effect of over-exfoliation is that your face feels itchy and looks inflamed, indicating that your skin has been irritated. Any product you apply afterwards, such as soothing toners or serums, may cause you to feel a stinging sensation on the face. In more serious cases for individuals with very sensitive skin, over-exfoliation may lead to broken blood vessels under the skin.
This irritation may worsen when there is a lack of proper post-exfoliation routine such as using a moisturizer and wearing sun protection during the day. Over time, the skin will look less youthful, becoming dry, rough, flaky and losing its elasticity.
Over-exfoliation also causes your skin barrier to be unhealthy. When this happens and your skin is not given enough hydration, the rate at which it repairs itself slows down. A skin barrier that does not function well is less likely to keep moisture within the skin and more likely to allow external stressors into the skin. This leads to the occurrence of breakouts.
There are ways to avoid over-exfoliation and skip undergoing these side effects. You must incorporate your chemical exfoliant into your routine properly and have a great post-exfoliation routine.
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