Exfoliating your face is super essential if you want your skin to look healthy and glowing. Apart from sloughing away dead skin cells, dirt and other impurities, regular exfoliation also helps brighten your face, retexturise uneven skin surface and brighten the complexion.
However, most people tend to go overboard with exfoliation in pursuit of faster results. But over-exfoliation can do more than good, which is why it’s necessary to strike the right balance. Ahead, we’ve listed down five signs that indicate you’ve been over-exfoliating your face and need to stop ASAP.
- 01. Redness and irritation
- 02. Dryness
- 03. Excessive oil production
- 04. Unprecedented breakouts
- 05. Puffiness
01. Redness and irritation
If you notice that your skin feels really red, raw and irritated even hours after you’ve exfoliated, it means you’ve probably gone overboard. Redness is an indicator that you’ve damaged the top layer of your skin, causing it to inflame. Take a break from exfoliating for a while and apply a cooling gel such as the Lakme 9 To 5 Naturale Aqua Aloe Gel to calm and soothe your skin.
The whole point of exfoliating is to get rid of dry and flaky skin, but if your skin feels tighter, drier and flakier than before post exfoliating, it’s a clear sign that you’re overdoing it. To remedy this problem, slather on a thick, hydrating moisturiser such as the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream. Enriched with vitamin E and aloe vera, this moisturiser helps reduce skin sensitivity and promotes skin repair.
03. Excessive oil production
If you have normal to dry skin type but notice that your skin feels way oilier than usual, it’s a sign that you’re over-exfoliating. Your skin tends to over-produce sebum to compensate for the loss of hydration (as seen in the earlier point), thereby leading to excessive oiliness. To prevent this, ensure that you apply a lightweight moisturiser like the Lakmé Peach Milk Ultra Light Gel to keep sebum production in check while the skin heals itself.
04. Unprecedented breakouts
The sudden appearance of acne is another sign of over-exfoliation. The excess sebum production ends up clogging your pores, which eventually leads to acne. To prevent this issue, ensure that you clean your face with a gentle detoxifying face wash like the Simple Daily Skin Detox Purifying Facial Wash. It’ll help get rid of excess oils, along with dirt and other impurities.
A puffy and swollen face is another sign that you need to take a break from exfoliation. This is because over-exfoliation damages your skin’s natural barrier, which allows external pollutants such as dirt, germs, UV rays etc. to harm your skin, leading to inflammation. For best results, stick to exfoliating your face 2-3 times a week.