Chemical vs. Mechanical Exfoliation

Exfoliation. It’s a term we’ve all heard before when reading blogs or watching videos about our skin care routines. It’s recommended before you shave and as an integral part of caring for your skin on a regular basis. But what is it and are there different types?

What is Exfoliating?

The American Academy of Dermatology defines exfoliation as the process of removing the dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. Did you know that your skin sheds dead skin cells naturally on average every 30 days but not all dead skin cells always come off naturally. Because of this, pores can become clogged making skin feel dry.

What Are The Benefits of Exfoliating?

There are many benefits to exfoliating your skin. Some of these include:

  • Unclogging pores so that skin can naturally release oils 
  • Improves the absorption of these oils to naturally moisturize skin
  • Reduces acne breakouts by unclogging the pores 
  • Minimizes visibility of pores
  • Reduces the appearance of scars, fine lines and wrinkles 
  • Improves collagen production 
  • Helps fade skin spots 

How to Exfoliate Skin

Regardless of what kind of exfoliation method or product you’re using, the first step is to wash your face with a regular cleanser. Apply the exfoliate to your face. If the product needs to be rinsed off, be sure to follow the instructions and rinse off accordingly. Typically exfoliating can be done one to three times per week. There are two different ways to exfoliate skin: chemical and mechanical.

What is Chemical Exfoliation?

A chemical exfoliate uses acids or enzymes to remove dead skin cells from the face. Chemical peels are one of the most popular forms of professional chemical exfoliation treatments.

What is Mechanical Exfoliation?

Mechanical exfoliation involves using tools instead of chemical agents to remove dead skin. One of the most popular professional mechanical exfoliation treatments is microdermabrasion. A microdermabrasion treatment involves using an instrument to mildly remove the thicker, outer layer of skin including the dead skin cells to reveal fresh, healthy skin underneath. It also helps thicken collagen which keeps skin tout and smooth.

For more information on exfoliation treatments or to schedule a microdermabrasion treatment, call us today at 785-234-9000.