Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Over-exfoliation can happen to anyone. And while it seems that removing dead skin cells is the right thing to do, too much of a good thing ends up doing more harm than good.
Luckily, you don’t have to wonder whether or not you do fall into the "over-exfoliation group." Your skin will let you know with these common signs: flaking, irritation, redness, and sometimes, even burning. Also, if your skin suddenly becomes very dry, this could be a sign you are exfoliating too often.
You may be asking, “how does this happen?” The truth is, most of the time, women unknowingly use multiple products that are considered exfoliants. We tend to think exfoliators are gritty or grainy, forgetting that some agents such as retinols, lactic or salicylic acids are chemical exfoliants. It is very important to use only one type of exfoliation at a time -- especially if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.
Just how often should you be exfoliating? It really depends on your skin type:
Acneic skin: Once or twice a week
Aging skin: Once a week
Dry skin: Once a week
Oily skin: Once or twice a week
Normal/combination skin: Once or twice a week
If you are like us, you probably feel the need to exfoliate more often which is why Dr. Beckman developed NuPeel Natural Enzyme Peel. It is packed with nurturing, botanical extracts, antioxidants, and powerful anti-aging peptides so you can exfoliate as often as you want without experiencing any irritation.