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What Is Pilling in Skincare?

Have you experienced the formation of flaky little granules while you are applying your skincare product? This is called pilling. Let’s discuss it in detail.            

Pilling of skincare products often happens when you try to rub the product over your skin. It starts to form tiny balls or granules and starts coming off. This mostly happens with moisturizers. So instead of absorbing into the skin, it keeps coming off with your hands. Although it is called skin pilling, it is actually product pilling. There are several reasons behind this pilling of the product:

  • The product might not be suitable for your skin type, probably too thick for you.
  • You are applying a too large amount of the product.
  • You are layering products that are incompatible with each other.
  • Your skin is not exfoliated.
  • You might be using silicone-based products because pilling is pretty common in those products.

To avoid pilling, the following are some of the suggested options:

  • Regularly exfoliate your skin as dead skin cells also contribute to pilling.
  • Before buying a product, consider your skin type.
  • If you are layering different products, go from thinnest to thickest. Lighter products should be applied first, followed by thicker products. 
  • Apply smaller quantities and allow the skin to take its time to absorb the product.

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About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Lahore, Pakistan. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling and pharmaceutical care planning. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.

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