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Ask Dr. Schultz | Skin Care Guides | Choosing the Right Exfoliant

Choosing the Right Exfoliant

Cheyenne posed this very important question the other week, "I'm not sure what exfoliating products I should use based on my skin type. I'm under the age of 18, and consistently deal with acne breakouts. However, my skin is not very oily, but more on combination/normal/dry side. I'm just curious about what exfoliant I should start with from the BeautyRx line. Thanks so much."

Thanks to Cheyenne for a great question, to which I (hopefully) have a great answer!

Why exfoliation helps acne

In the treatment of acne, exfoliants work to extract or dissolve the clogs in your skin that are caused by the build up of dead cells. Exfoliants also prevent these clogs from happening, so these products both control and prevent breakouts. Furthermore, exfoliation helps treat post-acne brown spots by consistently working to even the tone (and texture) of your skin.

Which exfoliant is just right?

If you are new to exfoliants in general, it's best to begin working with a starter product, like an exfoliating serum. This product, which is great for oily, acne prone, combination, or normal skin, has 8% of that magic ingredient, glycolic acid, and a nice little medley of ingredients called Tetrafoliant to keep your skin smooth, even its tone and texture, and control and prevent acne breakouts.

A product with a 10% or 15% glycolic acid concentration, like an exfoliating gel, would be something to use when you want to kick your at-home exfoliation up a notch. So I'd revisit the possibility of using stronger exfoliants for later down the road, after your skin has had time to adjust and react to the daily use of the starter product.

Dr. Schultz stresses that you should use products for at least two or three weeks before assessing the results. As with every practice, patience is key. So Cheyenne, let me know if you decide to try the Daily Exfoliating Therapy Serum and how you like it!

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