Exfoliating pads are not inherently bad, but overuse or using them too aggressively can damage the skin.
Exfoliating pads, which are typically used to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, are not inherently bad for the skin. However, overuse or using them too aggressively can actually damage the skin. According to dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, “Overuse of exfoliating pads can actually disrupt the skin barrier, leading to inflammation, irritation, and even more breakouts.”
It’s important to use exfoliating pads in moderation and to be gentle when using them. Some other tips to keep in mind include:
- Choose a pad with the right level of exfoliation for your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, look for a pad that is labeled “gentle” or “mild.”
- Avoid using exfoliating pads on any areas of the skin that are already irritated or inflamed.
- Be sure to apply moisturizer after using an exfoliating pad, as they can be somewhat drying.
- Don’t use exfoliating pads every day – 2-3 times per week is typically sufficient.
In addition to these tips, there are some interesting facts to keep in mind when it comes to exfoliating pads:
- Exfoliation has been a part of skincare routines for centuries. The ancient Greeks used pumice stones to exfoliate their skin, while the ancient Egyptians used scrubs made from ingredients like salt and honey.
- Physical exfoliation, which involves using a tool like an exfoliating pad or scrub, isn’t the only way to exfoliate the skin. Chemical exfoliation, which uses ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) to dissolve dead skin cells, is another option.
- Exfoliation can help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots. However, it’s important to use exfoliating products safely to avoid causing damage to the skin.
In summary, while exfoliating pads themselves are not bad for the skin, it’s important to use them in moderation and to be mindful of how they are being used. As skin expert Paula Begoun notes, “The key to healthy, radiant skin is gentle, consistent care – not aggressive treatment.”
|Removes dead skin cells.||May damage the skin if overused.|
|Can unclog pores.||Can cause inflammation, irritation, and breakouts if not used gently.|
|Can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.||Can be drying if not followed by moisturizer.|
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Dr. Sam Bunting discusses common mistakes made during the exfoliation process that can be damaging to the skin. Over-exfoliating, combining chemical and physical exfoliation, using retinoids and acids together, and performing physical exfoliation daily are all habits that can harm the skin. Dr. Bunting recommends a more measured approach to exfoliation and warns against using multiple active ingredients at the same time. While she has mixed feelings about exfoliation, she notes that it does have its place and will explore the topic further in her upcoming videos.
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The combination of exfoliating and moisturizing ingredients make the pads effective but still gentle enough for daily use, but you probably shouldn’t use them more than once in a day. We’d also advise following up with a strong moisturizer.
The claim: They’re too harsh and irritating for sensitive skin. But unless you’re piling on eight different acids, peel pads are totally fine for all skin types.