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The (Many) Benefits of Exfoliation

We also defined the natural process of exfoliation (the removal of dead cells from the surface of the skin) and explained the role of exfoliants, which aid in the removal of stubborn cells that won't fall off on their own. We threw out words like luster and brightness to describe the benefits, and, today, we want to take a closer look at exfoliation's positive effects.

Exfoliation improves color and texture

Surface cells are supposed to fall off on the 28 day. Of course, every cell doesn't stick to schedule. Some dead cells do their duty while others stay put, eventually clumping together. This makes the skin dull and causes a rough, uneven texture. Think stucco or sandpaper. These clumps can also contain too much brown pigment, resulting in an uneven tone.

The use of exfoliating products on a daily basis will help remove rough patches, smooth the surface, and even the tone of your skin, making it look better, younger, and healthier. Exfoliants help restore a luster and brightness to your skin. Sound nice? There's more...

Exfoliation helps treat and prevent acne

We all know that a main cause of acne is clogged pores, which are filled with dead skin cells. So it's no surprise that regular exfoliation would help prevent acne by removing any cells that could potentially clog pores. Just as exfoliants help even tone by removing clumps with too much brown pigment, these exfoliating products can help treat post-acne brown spots or hyperpigmentation. And, yes, there's more...

Exfoliation removes precancerous cells

I saved the best for last. Restoring luster and brightness is one thing, but having healthy skin should be your number one priority. Of course, there are many factors that play into the health of your skin but exfoliation can help rid you of precancerous surface cells. The fact is, those dead cells that stick to your skin's surface aren't just causing rough patches and clogging pores, they have precancerous potential. Yikes! That's reason enough for me to treat my skin to a daily dose of exfoliants.

The proof is in the pores

Exfoliants are one of three skin care products you should be using regularly (we'll get to the other two later) and the results speak for themselves: healthier, brighter, younger looking skin. Ahh, I like the sound of that.

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