4 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Exfoliating

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The idea of exfoliating is to scrub deep into your pores with a textured lather, to wash away any impurities and toxins hidden under the skin’s surface. What specific factor that causes adult acne is unbeknownst to us as individuals, as everyone’s skin is different and is affected by different external influences - be it excess oil, the weather, what you eat or even what you put on your face.

Washing your face too often or too little can also be a major cause of adult acne and you’d be surprised just how easy it is to get rid of spots just by changing up your skincare routine or what you put in or on your body.

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When thinking about what causes your adult acne, you need to first of all take a look at your skincare and what you may be doing wrong. It may not be your skincare that’s the factor, but it’s essential that you rule this out first, as you could unknowingly be making matters worse.

Exfoliating is a tricky business: when it’s done right, it should reveal radiant, smooth skin with few visible pores. When done wrong, you can aggrivate your skin and cause long and short term damage, so let’s make sure you get it right first time with these 4 mistakes to avoid.

1. Don’t Exfoliate Too Little or Too Often

Depending on your skin type and the climate you live in dictates how often you should exfoliate using NARS Double Refining Exfoliator - once or twice a week should be a starting point and then monitor your skin and increase or reduce as necessary. If it becomes dry and flaky, and keep breaking out and your adult acne gets worse, reduce the amount of times you’re exfoliating.

Exfoliating too little will leave the skin looking dull and spot-prone, exfoliating too much will strip the natural oils from your skin, leaving it irritated and sensitive.

2. Use The Right Tools

Using friction, mechanical exfoliation such as a Magnitone brush, will remove dead skin and can be used daily to cleanse and exfoliate the skin before bed. Using soft bristles can ensure that you are able to use it frequently, whereas harder bristles should be limited to a more occasional use. Remember not to apply too much pressure. Your hands can do the other type of manual exfoliation with a product such as Clearasil Deep Pore Treatment Scrub with small beads inside to be abrasive against the skin, removing any dead cells and debris. A sponge or washcloth can also be used for this.

3. DIY Acid Peel

Another way of exfoliating the skin without using any abrasive methods and to eradicate adult acne, is to chemically exfoliate using hyaluronic, lactic or glycolic acid to rid your skin of the dead skin and toxins beneath the upper layer of skin. This is a painless and easy application and can be done once or twice a week, depending on the strength percentage of acid that you’re using. Sunday Riley has this Good Genes All-in-one Lactic Acid Treatment that will be an instant complexion booster, will plump fine lines, and exfoliate to leave brighter, newer skin.

4. Know When To Stop

If your skin is already irritated, has bright red spots and just looks angry, why risk making it worse? The purpose of exfoliation is to aggrivate your skin ever so slightly, so that the dead skin cells detach and the natural extracts within Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser will lift all the impurities and rinse them away with the dead skin. You do not want to do this when your skin is already battered, as it will only make the redness, dryness and adult acne worse.

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Use the correct product for your skin type and read the instructions carefully about it’s usage. For help finding which exfoliator will be right for your skin type, take our beauty quiz and we’ll take the guessing out of skincare shopping! Most importantly, ‘listen’ to your skin and know when enough is enough and when it’s not enough.

Once you’ve got your skincare right, you’ll know whether it is or isn’t what causes your adult acne, so you know whether to look at other factors such as food, weather or another likely cause.

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