Skin Care: Chemical and physical exfoliation: Here's how you can know the difference between the two

Exfoliation is the best way to clean your skin - be it your face, back, chest and even your butt!
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Exfoliation is the most effective and trusted way to get rid of acne and inflamed hair follicles. What exfoliation does is, it removes the dead layer of skin cells from the top layers of your skin. This layer of dead cells are notorious for clogging healthy pores. When pores are left clogged for a long time, they give rise to a series of skin problems including skin fatigue, acne and discolouration. The best way to exfoliate is with scrubs and chemical treatments. However, these two don’t function equally and are significantly different from each other. Want to know what kind of exfoliation will suit you best? Keep reading to find out.



Physical exfoliation

Physical exfoliation is the most common exfoliating method. These usually have tiny grain like particles in them that work as abrasives which physically remove the dead skin cells as you scrub. Physical exfoliants show quick results since they use force to remove the dead skin cells. They tend to have less chemical interactions with other skin care products. Physical exfoliation also promotes blood circulation through the face.

While physical exfoliants usually work fine, they are bad news for sensitive skin. Sensitive skin people will experience micro-tears in the skin due to these abrasives. If you want to opt for a physical exfoliant, stay away from those using nut shells (like walnuts)  or fruit pits (like apricot seed). That being said, physical exfoliation works just fine for people with normal skin and those who plan to scrub sparingly ie. no more than three times a week!


Chemical exfoliation


Non-physical or chemical exfoliation does not require for you to actually scrub your skin - the “chemicals” do it for you. Chemical exfoliators use incredibly safe and naturally occurring chemicals such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs). AHAs are great for superficially dry skin whereas BHAs are great for oily skin and penetrating deep into pores. BHAs work excellently for acne prone skin.

The only downside to chemical exfoliation is that the results aren’t as fast acting when compared to physical scrubbing. It will be some time before the chemicals break apart the bonds holding dead skin cells together and give you supple skin. That being said, chemical exfoliation works best for sensitive skin (prone to itching, rashes), naturally oily skin and acne prone skin!

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