The 'Skinny' on Exfoliants
There are several types of exfoliants today which fit under two categories; mechanical or chemical. Both processes involve the physically scrubbing of the skin with an abrasive.
Although both methods are widely used, a non-abrasive exfoliant is the best option to maintain skin suppleness and firmness.
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Mechanical exfoliants include microfiber cloths, micro-bead facial scrubs, almond shells, sugar or salt crystals, Pumice, and abrasive materials such as sponges, loofahs, and brushes.
People with dry skin should avoid exfoliants which include Pumice, or crushed volcanic rock. Pumice is only considered a good material to exfoliate the skin of the feet.
A growing concern with mechanical exfoliants is the actual material itself. Mechanical exfoliants use harsh abrasive materials (yes, even micro-beads) that are known to result in unwanted skin irritation, prolonged redness and sensitivity, and most importantly, the damage of crucial fibers known to maintain skin suppleness and firmness.
It is extremely important to know that once these essential fibers are compromised, the damage is irreversible thus accelerating the appearance of sagging and wrinkles.
Chemical exfoliants include salicylic acid, glycolic acid, citric acid, or malic acid which should only be applied in high concentrations by a medical professional.
Chemical exfoliation may also involve the use of products that contain alpha hyrdroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxyacids (BHAs), or enzymes that act to loosen the glue-like substance that holds the cells together and allowing cells that maintain the skins elasticity to be removed prematurely.
A growing concern of chemical exfoliants is also found in the application results. Chemical peels have been known to variably effect the dermis layer of the skin changing the tones ranging from bright white to grey.
In many documented cases, chemical peels have even lead to scabbing and scarring which is normally permanent.