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Over Exfoliation of the Skin: How Can You Tell and Treat?

Just like what the Spice Girls would say, ”too much of something is bad enough…”Acids and retinol are great. There’s no doubt about that, but if applied too frequently, your skin can also suffer. Exfoliation

So how do you know if it’s too much?

  • If you are having breakouts instead of just a temporary purge 

If you are having pimples in areas that don’t normally get acne, it could be a breakout. Another sign is if it’s been going on for a couple of months and won’t stop.

  • If redness and itchiness won’t go away.

This means that your skin is constantly irritated by something. And if you have been using acids and retinoids too frequently, it would be smart to pause for a while.

Over Exfoliation of the Skin: How Can You Tell and Treat?


  • If you are suddenly sensitive to other skincare products.

If you have noticed that your skin would sting, itch, or turn red right after applying other skincare products, this might mean that your skin barrier has been compromised.

What can you do? 

Stop everything and go for a gentle cleanser and moisturizer that contains ceramide, collagen, urea, aquaporin, plant butter.

Your goal is to repair your skin, which you can achieve by applying emollients to bring back the normal integrity of your skin. Exfoliation

Once your skin gets better, you can slowly use them again (once weekly) but now with more caution. Exfoliation

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Dr. Elli Reyes

About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.

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