You either opt for physical exfoliation, where you literally scrub off the dead skin cells with the help of those beads you find in scrubs. However these can be quite harsh and can even cause microtears. But there’s another way, the chemical way, which can be a lot more effective and gentler if you do it the right way.
AHA, BHA – what?
Chemical exfoliation can be done with the help of either enzymes or acids and it’s the latter that we’ll be tackling here. There are three acids that are the most common in skin care, these three belong in either the AHA or the BHA category. There is only one BHA that is known as salicylic acid. This acid will penetrate below the skin surface and get rid of all that excess sebum you got going on. If you have blemish-prone skin, now is the right time to cheer. Then we have glycolic and lactic acid, these belong to the AHA category. And even though these only work on the surface of the skin, they do get rid of dead skin cells and are often used to help get rid of those fine lines, acne scars and hyperpigmentation.
Don’t go in overdrive
It’s so tempting to start using these acids on a daily basis as you’ll start seeing amazing results. But trust me, using these too often will only take away from the miraculous results. Be gentle, if you’ve never used an acid to exfoliate, start off slowly and even do a patch test first. Generally, acids should be used once or twice a week depending on your skin. See what works for you and make sure to listen to your skin. If you notice any kind of irritation, take a step back for a while.