Exfoliating the skin is one of the best methods to remove dead skin cells of the outermost layer of the skin to expose fresher, living cells. Not only does this typically provide brighter skin, it also allows for skin care products to better penetrate. Most people can benefit from routine exfoliation, generally about a few times a week. Since it takes about a few days for dead skin cells to accumulate, exfoliation typically is not necessary every day (unless the skin is extremely oily).
There are different types of skin exfoliation methods, including manual, enzyme, and chemical. Manual exfoliants are very common and are sold at a variety of places. They contain beads or crystals that help remove the dead skin cells. Enzyme exfoliants are particularly helpful for exfoliating sensitive skin because they do not involve scrubbing. Chemical exfoliants differ from manual and enzyme exfoliants because they use chemical agents to remove dead skin cells. As a dermatologist in San Diego, I typically recommend chemical exfoliants because they are less abrasive and do not cut your skin.
What is your experience with exfoliation? Do you prefer chemical, manual or enzyme?