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As reported in Refinery29, and authored by GABRIELLE KORN. “When NOT to Exfoliate” looks at the downside of exfoliating.


To further the story we thought to share the following:

1. Though it might seem obvious, we have clients new  to Previse with irritated and damaged skin.  After consultation we find they are either scrubbing their face too hard or exfoliating too frequently.  The key is to minimizing ‘skin distress’ is to gently caress the skin and not treat it abrasively. Over exfoliation can lead to skin irritation and increased sensitivity.  We recommend exfoliating up to three times weekly but not more than four times in a seven day period.

2. Manual vs. mechanical.  We have witnessed a beginning of a trend in the use of mechanical devices and the tendency to damage the dermis.  The objective of exfoliating is to remove some keratin-laden cells from the surface of the dermis, not all.  In fact those keratin saturated cells help protect the skin from the environment.  Gentle exfoliation can help remove excess cells while leaving behind protective cells.  Gentle exfoliation helps unclogs pores, and keep skin clean, toned and free of acne related issues.  With mechanical devices it is possible to over exfoliate, which dries and irritates the skin.  More, mechanical brushes can harbor bacteria. When exfoliating with the same brush over and over it’s possible to spread the bacteria and further irritate and damage the skin.

For clients who want natural exfoliating tools we recommend using an organic textile that is both gentle and effective.  Our Jokipiin Face Polish Cloth is the ideal complement to our Previse three-step regimen. Exfoliating with Previse + Jokipiin can help to maintain a healthy lipid balance, and smoother and more supple skin tone.

3. Do not fail to moisturizer after exfoliating! Removing the outer layer of keratin filled skin cells leaves the skin exposed to the environment.  Failure to moisturize can lead to wrinkle development.

4. Do not [repeat] do not exfoliate 24 hours prior to an event where you are likely to have pictures taken.  And never exfoliate immediately preceding or following a dermatological procedure.  Your doctor should provide specific directions for any procedure, including how to prepare and how to take care of your skin to maximize benefits and healing, while minimizing any scaring or delayed healing.