Will Exfoliating Improve Acne & Oily Skin?

Exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells to reduce acne.

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When oil, dead skin cells and bacteria build up in your pores, acne results. If you have naturally oily skin -- the kind that gets shiny fast -- you likely experience pimples. In addition to a treatment regimen that includes twice-daily face washing and applying spot treatments like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, your skin can benefit from regular exfoliation.

Exfoliation and Your Skin

Your skin has a natural process of releasing dead skin cells and making new ones. When your skin is oily, you may need a little extra help, however. That's because the oil and any dead skin cells your skin has not let go of can have a tendency to block your pores and cause pimples. Exfoliation can help your skin by removing excess oil and dead skin cells from your pores. By incorporating once- or twice-weekly exfoliating sessions into your skin care routine, you can improve your skin's appearance.

Medicated Exfoliators

While sensitive or normal skin might benefit from exfoliating with small beads or seeds, you can take it a step further when you have oily skin, according to Marie Claire magazine. Look for facial peels or exfoliating scrubs that contain acne fighters like salicylic acid or glycolic acid. These ingredients help to break up the oil that clogs your pores and encourages your skin to release dead skin cells that can otherwise plug your pores. If your skin seems a little irritated after application, apply an oil-free moisturizer to soothe it.

Mechanical Exfoliation

Exfoliation doesn't just have to come from a bottle of scrub. You also can exfoliate your skin using skin care tools. Look for buffing pads, an exfoliating facial brush or even a soft washcloth that you can rub on your face to remove dead skin cells. Some of these devices are gentle enough for use on a daily basis -- just be careful around any large pimples you may have to ensure you don't accidentally pop them.

Scrubs to Avoid

While there are many exfoliating scrubs out there perfect for your face, some of them can be too harsh. For example, if your scrubs use sea salt or seeds that are jagged or uneven, you can create tiny tears in your skin, and skin irritation. Read your scrub packaging carefully to ensure it is specifically for your face.

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