Q: EX­ACTLY HOW OF­TEN DO I NEED TO EXFOLIATE?

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A: It’s easy to get con­fused by all the con­flict­ing ad­vice: Should I do it once a day? Or once a week? While the most com­mon derma rec­om­men­da­tion is to limit it to once or twice weekly, you can ac­tu­ally up the fre­quency as long as you take into con­sid­er­a­tion the type of ex­fo­lia­tor you’re us­ing. Kaycee Reyes M.D., der­ma­tol­o­gist at Lu­minisce Skin and Laser Clinic, Boni­fa­cio Global City, says, “It’s okay to un­dergo mild ex­fo­li­a­tion once a day in­stead of harsh ex­fo­li­a­tion once a week. The key is to train your skin by ex­fo­li­at­ing ev­ery other day, and then you can work up from there.” Worth know­ing: Mild ex­fo­lia­tors in­clude cleansers or topi­cal treat­ments with a mod­est amount of al­pha or beta-hy­droxy acids (like sal­i­cylic acid), while grainy scrubs, hand-held brushes, and chem­i­cal ex­fo­liants with high con­cen­tra­tions of acids (like gly­colic acid) are con­sid­ered stronger ex­fo­lia­tors, and are best used sparingly.

Know­ing your skin type is also cru­cial. “If you have sen­si­tive skin or have an in­flam­ma­tory con­di­tion like acne, it’s bet­ter to limit ex­fo­li­a­tion to once a week,” says Dr. Reyes. For those with nor­mal to oily skin, ex­fo­li­at­ing on the reg­u­lar—say, ev­ery other day—is fine. Just watch out for signs of ir­ri­ta­tion or dry­ness, which may in­di­cate that you’re over­do­ing it. On the flip side, if skin is look­ing rough and dull, it’s a sign that you need to exfoliate more.

In caseyou didn’t know: Ex­fo­lia­tors aren’t lim­ited to scrubs.treat­ments or pads with acids, like gly­colic acid, count as ex­fo­lia­tors, too.

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