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  • Writer's pictureTori McDonald

Why Do We Need To Exfoliate?

Updated: Apr 20, 2022

Our skin is constantly making new cells and shedding old ones. Our body does a pretty good job of getting rid of old cells but it's not perfect! When we exfoliate, we help our skin get rid of those excess cells and promote regeneration of new ones. Depending on your skin type, it is recommended to exfoliate once or twice a week. Build-up of cells actually leads to fine lines and wrinkles, as well as dry and irritated skin. As we age, our skin's regeneration process slows down, making exfoliating a crucial step in maintaining healthy skin.

There are 2 types of exfoliation: chemical and mechanical. Chemical exfoliation involves the use of acids such as beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). These enzymes remove cell build-up without needing to scrub. Mechanical exfoliation consists of creating friction to manually remove buildup and is what we typically think of when we hear the word "exfoliation". This can consist of a textured scrub, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, and many more options. There are benefits to both types of exfoliation, but depending on your skin, one may be more beneficial than the other. I offer both chemical and mechanical exfoliation so that I can best cater to your skin's needs. Customization is key- no two people have the exact same skin!

microdermabrasion of skin
Microdermabrasion on a Patient

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