How To Exfoliate When You Have Acne

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Don't do this during an acne breakout.

Don’t do this during an acne breakout.

While proper exfoliation is essential for fighting acne, over-exfoliation (or exfoliating the wrong way) isn’t going to help you get clearer skin. Here’s how to exfoliate when you have acne:

  • Don’t use a granular scrub if you have current acne breakouts. You’ll risk tearing the skin and inviting further infection. Scrubbing is also a good way to irritate acne-prone skin, leading to redness.
  • Use a chemical exfoliant, such as Glycolic Acid, to chemically loosen the sticky bonds between dead skin cells and help slough away the outer layer of skin. Glcyolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid made from sugar cane. 
  • Don’t exfoliate every day. Those with sensitive skin should exfoliate 1-2 times each week (depending on tolerance levels), while everyone else can exfoliate 2-3 times per week. Get to know your skin and see what works for you.

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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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