Exfoliation Q&A by Jessica Hager

Ex·fo·li·ate, by definition, means (of a material) to come apart or be shed from a surface in scales or layers. Exfoliating your skin is very important because you are removing dead skin buildup, which helps promote the formation of healthy new skin cells. It can soften fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pore size and treat acne and skin discoloration. Exfoliating can be done in several different ways. Below are answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.

What are some ways to exfoliate my skin?

Here at Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center, we offer several different options to keep your skin glowing. The two most common ways to exfoliate are mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliation typically includes microdermabrasion, dermaplaning and facial scrubs. Chemical exfoliation is done by using acids such as glycolic, lactic, fruit enzymes and salicylic. Products play a big role in the exfoliation process as well.  Products such as retinoids stimulate cell turnover, resulting in a smooth and healthy complexion.

What specific procedures should I ask for at Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center?

Our most common procedures that aid in exfoliation are medical facials, Hydrafacials and chemical peels.  Microdermabrasion, which is part of the medical facial, uses mechanical exfoliation to gently remove dead skin cell buildup. The Hydrafacial uses multiple serums and acids to exfoliate your skin while providing you with immediate brightness and hydration. Our VI peel offers a proprietary blend of salicylic, retinol, TCA and vitamin C. Also, make sure to add on dermaplaning to your service. Dermaplaning gently exfoliates and temporarily removes vellus hair (peach fuzz), which allows for better product penetration.

Can you over-exfoliate?

Yes, you can over-exfoliate. Less is more. Exfoliating too much can cause damage and irritation, which can result in redness, inflammation, breakouts and even small tears in the skin. Certain skin types and conditions require different forms of exfoliation. For example, if your skin is inflamed due to acne or rosacea, then specific treatments such as BBL or facials would be ideal for you so that you don’t distress your skin any further. The best way to safely exfoliate is to have your aesthetician recommend an at-home product regiment as well as a plan for in-office services.

Does the change of the season and temperature matter?

Yes, it does matter. In the summer, your skin can become more oily from the heat and humidity. Also, extra sun exposure and sweating can make you more susceptible to clogged pores and acne. Exfoliating is still important, but the type will depend on your amount of sun exposure. In the winter months, when there is no humidity and the air is more dry, your skin cells dehydrate quicker, leaving you with dead skin buildup on the surface. This is an ideal time to do chemical peels or more aggressive procedures that may require some downtime.

There are many different products and services to give you a beautiful outcome no matter what your skincare concerns are. The first step is to come in for a complimentary consultation here at Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center.  We can customize a great game plan just for you!