Is over-exfoliating causing your acne?
Scrubbing your skin with harsh exfoliators might feel satisfying and leave you feeling squeaky clean but long term it can over stimulate your sebaceous glands leading to even oiler skin. ‘Acid peels can be an effective remedy for acne prone skin, designed to gently remove the top layer of the epidermis along with excess oil and dead skin cells,’ explains Penny. Using either a glycolic or salicylic acid (with differing strengths dependant on the severity of the condition), a peel is considered to be the equivalent of a deep exfoliation but with less stress to the skin. It’s non-abrasive and takes minutes to work. To avoid over-exfoliation which can leave skin over-sensitive and sore, chemical peels are a great alternative for removing dead, clogged layers of skin more easily and effectively.