Exfoliation: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

What is the most common exfoliating treatment?

Microdermabrasion, which uses either aluminum-oxide crystals or a diamond-head tip to remove the outer layer of the skin.


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What exfoliating treatment do you prefer?

I’m really excited about dermaplaning, which uses a scalpel to scrape off the top layer of dead skin cells and hair. We use an antioxidant serum after the treatment because serum penetrates deeper and lasts longer. Also, scraping off the top layer of skin cells helps makeup go on like silk.


Is exfoliation good for all skin types?

Microdermabrasion is okay for thick skin or people with a lot of sun damage, but can damage sensitive skin. Dermaplaning is fine for those with delicate skin.

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How often should one exfoliate?

It’s important to have a professional exfoliation treatment about every month. At home, AHA exfoliating products should be used three times per week. Brushes like the Clairsonic are fantastic, too, but not good for sensitive skin.


What should we steer clear of?

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Never use those apricot scrubs found at your drugstore. They can be too harsh and full of chemicals.


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