First of all, we don’t disagree that exfoliating is good for skin. There are numerous benefits of (gently) exfoliating regularly. It can brighten skin and prevent acne by sloughing off dead skin and bacteria.
However, like all things in life, everything should be in moderation. With all the hottest new skincare trends filled with AHA, BHA, Retinols, scrubs and cool gadget brushes – we’ve been seeing an incredible amount of new clients coming to us with sensitive skin caused by over-exfoliation. In fact, our team is inundated with similar stories of people who didn’t use to have sensitive skin, but now do.
It’s no small matter: over-exfoliation can cause inflammation and even bacterial infection of the surface skin cells. Consequently, your skin could become chronically inflamed, with rashes and pimples popping up. This often misleads people into thinking they need more exfoliation, so they make it worse by buying more exfoliating products.
How do you know if your skin is over-exfoliated? Here are a few signs and symptoms you can look out for:
If you’re experiencing these symptoms and your current skincare routine isn’t helping – it is likely that your skin barrier is compromised.
Good News: Don’t panic, it’s not permanent and can be fixed! BUT it will take some time for your skin to regain its barriers (roughly 2 to 8 weeks for most).
Our answer to clients who need help? Our new Japanese Cherry Blossom Mask was designed to help rebuild skin barriers. Head on over to the company blog to find out more about how cherry blossom extract works wonders in soothing sensitive, inflamed skin!
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