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Why exfoliate my skin?

Posted by Felicia McCullough on

Yes!

The skin is composed of an outer dead skin cell layer called the stratum corneum and then a living skin cell layer called the stratum germinativum.  When we apply cosmetic products to the skin they are deposited in the dead skin cell layer which serves as a reservoir for make-ups and tints that give the skin the desired color.  As such, it is critical to keep that layer as fresh as possible by performing an occasional exfoliation.

Natura MD Sciences Prepare AC Cleanser is not only great for acne, oily skin.  It contains one of the best exfoliants for the skin, salicylic acid in low concentration.  Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid and is well-tolerated by most individuals.   The other topical group of acids you may be more familiar with are alpha-hydroxy acids, like glycolic acid, that exfoliate the skin as well with less effect on decreasing the oiliness of the skin.  Both are great at removing the dead skin cell layer over time with continued use.

You may be wondering, "Will I remove it too much of the dead skin cell layer that I need to lock in moisture?"  The answer is yes, possibly.  Your threshold for use of exfoliants is the development of light pink color to the skin.  If this is noticed then you should use a gentle cleanser such as Natura MD Sciences Prepare Gentle until the redness resolves allowing the skin to recover. 

Safe exfoliation is key.  Listen to the skin and never over-exfoliate.  After exfoliation the use of a hydrating product is key.  I recommend application of Natura MD Sciences Repair to keep the barrier fresh at all times.   Hydration equals youthful glowing skin.

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