Scrub-a-dubbing feels amazing, but it’s unnecessary, since your skin naturally sheds any dead cells. “Sloughing off skin cells and oils with an exfoliant will only cause a vicious cycle of irritation and dryness in the long run, leading some to want to exfoliate even more to get the new dry cells off,” Dr. Krant says.
Break the habit: According to the American Board of Dermatology, you should exfoliate your face and body no more than once or twice a week. “If you have skin that tends to be oily, be careful not to overdo it, as this may have the opposite effect and cause your sebaceous glands to produce even more oil,” Dr. Lamba says. She recommends using either a glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or enzyme-based peel, or going with a brush, microdermabrasion, or scrub. And easy does it: “Be gentler than you think,” Dr. Krant says. “Redness and rawness is not a good sign.”
We all are guilty of it. I know I'm the worst. I think, "well, if it says to do once a week, three times a day will be even better than right?" Wrong. When it comes to something like a skin exfoliant, chances are all that scrubbing is not doing anything more than leave you raw and irritated.
I personally love my Clarisonic, but only use it with a gentle foaming wash. The unique combination of vibrating and rotating brush offer a less abrasive scrubbing option that most facial scrubs out there. For more in depth exfoliating, I have a secret weapon. Biologique Recherche's P-50 Lotion. With a killer combination of Lactic Acid and other natural extracts, this powerful toner will exfoliate even deeper than all the scrubbing you could ever do. The acids penetrate deep into the dermis to dissolve and banish dead skin and congestion, and not just scratch the surface.