Published: October 15, 2015

    How Often Should You Exfoliate Your Face?

    If you ever feel the desire to start a fight at a crowded dermatology convention, ask the attendees how often you should exfoliate your skin. Then, sit back, and watch the ensuing chaos. How often we should exfoliate is a great topic of debate.

    While most sources suggest once or twice a week, it really depends on your skin, the exfoliation method you use, and the composition of your water. Even the time of year has to be taken into account: You may need to exfoliate more during hot, humid summers than during colder, dryer weather.

    Steps Toward an Exfoliation Schedule

    Begin by exfoliating once a week, and then slowly add days, paying close attention to your skin’s response. Excessive exfoliation leaves skin red and tender while under-exfoliating makes skin dull, rough, and resistant to topical absorption. Remember, everyone’s skin has a different tolerance. You may only need to exfoliate once or twice a week while a friend could need a daily routine.

    However often you exfoliate, consider the following recommendations:

    • Be cautious with chemical exfoliates. Products with high concentrations of glycolic acid should be limited to once a week.
    • Limit how often you use rotating brushes with stiff bristles to once or twice a week to avoid irritating the skin. Brushes with soft bristles can be used more often.
    • Scrubs applied with a gentle pressure can be used often.
    • Washcloths can be used on a daily basis.
    • If you feel you’ve over-exfoliated, take a break and use only bland cleansers until your skin feels better.

    Better Water Leads to Better Results

    Tap water contains chlorine and chloramine from the water purification process, which can irritate your skin. For healthier skin, and tastier water, consider a Pelican whole house water filter system that reduces chlorine taste and other potentially irritating chemicals. Another option is to replace your existing showerhead with a combination showerhead and filter, which eliminates 96 percent of chlorine agents to encourage softer, suppler skin.

    Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.