“The harder you scrub & exfoliate, the better for acne, blackheads, and Keratosis Pilaris” FALSE
It doesn’t have to hurt to work. We all want instant satisfaction, but using harsh scrubs can damage your skin and actually make all of these🏼skin conditions worse. When it comes to blackheads, vigorous scrubbing removes only the uppermost visible portion of a blackhead without addressing what goes on in the deep pore lining. Abrasive scrubs can cause inflammation, irritation, and tiny micro cuts in the skin creating a portal of entry for bacteria and yeast. Acne is an inflammatory skin condition and anything that increases inflammation makes acne worse and prolongs the post acne blemish. Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a skin condition where tiny red bumps form around clogged pores particularly on upper arms, backside, or thighs. Scrubs address only the outer layer of the skin, but KP continues to form in the deeper layers. KP is also an inflammatory disorder, so harsh scrubbing makes the condition worse. Some thoughtfully formulated scrubs that contain gentle particles, such as oatmeal or rounded jojoba beads can be kinder to the skin and with the right formulation can leave skin more polished. I recommend adding a leave-on AHA and/or BHA (alpha- & beta- hydroxy acid) to your skincare routine to improve the above conditions. This is a gentle way of exfoliating, smoothing, and hydrating the surface of your skin.
Less is More Exfoliating too ofter or too aggressively can strip your skin of essential oils and make your skin more susceptible to infections, acne, broken capillaries and unwanted wrinkles.
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The content of this page is for educational and informational purposes and does not constitute formal medical advice. Azadeh Shirazi, MD, FAAD. Please do not use or distribute images herein without written permission. - 43 minutes ago