Every 28 days or so our skin naturally exfoliates about every 28 days, but with all the damage your skin faces every day that may not be enough. Exfoliation, whether manual or chemical, needs to be done to maintain healthy skin.
Even out skin tone and texture
Think about the process of using sandpaper on rough, uneven wood – with each pass the wood becomes smooth and more evenly colored. The microscopic granules in exfoliators act in the same manner (although much more gently) with your skin, resulting in a softer, smoother texture.
Fight the signs of aging
With age, the skin’s ability to naturally exfoliate shows down. When the skin is laden with dead cells, lines, wrinkles and dryness become more apparent. Removing dead skin reveals fresher, brighter, younger-looking skin.
When the pores gets clogged with dead skin and oil gets stuck beneath the surface, pimples-whiteheads and blackheads-can occur. Exfoliating helps keep pores clear.
Minimize dark spots
Long after a blemish has healed, a red, brown or purple mark may remain. But each time you exfoliate, you’re removing the top layer of skin to diminish the appearance of exfoliation.
There are many great products for use at home, in a pinch you can even use sugar and coconut oil as a DIY exfoliator. If you are looking for something for a little stronger, a dermabrasion or chemical peel may be what you need.