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Skin Sins: Neglecting Exfoliation

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Have you ever gone to bed without washing your face? Or neglected to use moisturizer because you didn’t think it was necessary? While skin sins range from fairly innocuous to downright dangerous, we’ve all committed at least one at some point. Join us over the next week or so as we—the bloggers at Mario Badescu Skin Care—confess our very worst skin sins.

exfoliationLet me begin.

Forgive me, dear readers, but I’ve come to this blog today to confess a rather serious skin sin: I spent years (most of my teens and twenties) not exfoliating my skin

In the world of skin care, this sin ranks somewhere between never moisturizing and—the very worst of them all—tanning. While nothing can beat tanning in the canon of serious skin sins, neglecting to exfoliate left me with dull, congested, miserable skin.

I think that exfoliating is one of the most underrated things you can do for your skin. To start, let’s talk about this strictly in terms of acne treatment. When there is excessive oil in the follicles (the pores) of your skin, the oil begins to act as a glue, trapping the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Bacteria becomes ensnared inside the pores, resulting in acne.

You need to exfoliate away those dead skin cells to achieve clear skin.

And aging? Well, the skin begins to shed dead skin cells more slowly as you age, which can make your skin look dull and, frankly, older.

Furthermore, exfoliation makes it possible for treatment products to penetrate the skin. Think about it: would you try to apply stain or paint to an old, rough piece of wood? You’d probably sand it first, right?

(Equating skin exfoliation with sanding wood may be a mistake—remember to be gentle with your skin!)

These days, I use a cleanser with Glycolic Acid two to three times a week. The Glycolic Acid is a chemical that literally eats away at dead skin cells. You can also use a scrub to exfoliate—but only if you’re not currently experiencing acne eruptions.

Now that I’ve confessed, it’s your turn. What your worst skin sin?

Author: Jill

As a long-time writer, editor, and esthetician, I’ve had an ongoing love affair with Mario Badescu Skin Care for years. I can usually be found reading, knitting, painting, trying new beauty and skin care products, and telling everyone to wear more sunscreen. These days, I’m feeling super grateful for the opportunity to share more Mario with the world! I believe that better skin care changes lives. For more about me, visit my Google+ Page.

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  1. I committed the biggest skin sin of all that’s right tanning. From about tenth grade until I was maybe 23 I tanned religiously. I did not think of the consequences it would have on my skin just craving the glow it would give me. One year I was tanning everyday it was not until I developed hyperpigmentation on my upper lip (that resembles a mustache not exactly nice looking) on my forehead and cheeks that I finally said no to the sun and those dreadful tanning beds. In addition to the hyperpigmentation I also developed premature skin aging and severe acne due to the abuse I put my skin through. Now that I have discovered and fallen in love with Mario Badescu my skin is somewhat better but will never be great due to the tanning abuse

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