Can Exfoliation Help Minimize Acne Breakouts?
Exfoliation is a word we frequently hear when it comes to skincare. There are exfoliating products that contain sugar, sand, oatmeal, ground up seeds and even small plastic beads. There are literally hundreds of different types of exfoliating masks and expensive spa treatments, not to mention scrubbing pads, sponges and cloths…. nearly everything claims it will exfoliate and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.
Soft and smooth sounds nice but other than that, is exfoliation really necessary? Will it help when it comes to clearing up your acne breakouts?
Yes, consistent topical exfoliation will help you clear up your skin and lighten dark marks left from previous pimples.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. It will make your skin “soft and smooth.” For people who do not suffer from acne, this is the final desired result, however for people with acne, exfoliation is a key component to achieving clear skin.
By regularly exfoliating, the excess dead skin cells that your body has not already naturally sloughed off are removed along with excess sebum to help prevent future breakouts. Also by removing topical dead skin cells, topical medications are delivered deeper to the skin and are therefore stronger and more effective. Encouraging your skin to slightly flake also lightens up dark marks and refines the overall texture of your skin over time.
So what is the best way to exfoliate?
There are a number of ways but before you go and buy some extra strong exfoliatant, or try to scrub your face off with a harsh brush or sponge, remember that harder is not always better. Using a gentle exfoliant will still achieve the goal without damaging your skin.
Ninja Skincare offers 3 types of exfoliants:
The cheapest and quickest way to exfoliate every single day? Wash your face with our exfoliating sponge. These suckers last FOREVER and are extremely effective. We recommend letting them dry completely between uses and to sterilize 2-3 times a week by getting them wet and microwaving for 30-45 seconds to kill any bacteria.
Ninja’s Makeover Exfoliating Mask with Papaya Gel – This mask is HEAVEN and when you are using it, you will feel like you are at the spa. It will gently slough off your dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling like you just had a facial.
Salicylic Acid – Yup – this is one of the most versatile products out there and is highly tolerated by all skin types. Anyone with acne or anyone with visible signs of skin aging will benefit from using it. Salicylic Acid is considered a keratolytic medication, which in layman’s terms means that it breaks up the oil that holds the dead skin cells to your skin – resulting in exfoliation. It will help prevent acne breakouts AND as an added bonus will refine the texture of your skin Some studies even show that it encourages collagen production in the skin. Win win win!
Do you have any more questions about exfoliation? If so – please reach out to us. We are always happy to answer your questions.