As men, we tend to look past the art of facial care -
we slather on a moisturizer when we are feeling up to the task and expect it to cure all of our problems. Unfortunately, that’s just not enough for most guys. What does exfoliation do and why is it so important? If you’ve been asking yourself why exactly you have so many blackheads that just refuse to vacate the forehead and nose, we may be able to get to the bottom of this.
In the simplest definition of the term, exfoliation is merely removing dead or dry skin cells from the surface of the skin. This process can be done chemically or physically. Many people see great results from the physical process of scrubbing an abrasive exfoliant over the skin. Choosing the proper exfoliant, especially in the physical realm, is very important as some products have very large abrasives. Large abrasives can actually lacerate the skin and provide more irritation than benefit. Other exfoliants and face scrubs may also contain plastic beads that just kill all of our little fish friends in the bottom of the ocean. Don’t let that intimidate you though, a lot of the problem is derived from using too much elbow grease while scrubbing away. I’m not much of a mask guy, but chemical exfoliation may be your solution if you’re seeing an abundance of irritation in the form of redness from a physical exfoliant.
Why is it important to exfoliate?
Glad you asked, a lot of the blackheads and whiteheads forming on the face, especially in men, are often from moisturizing over top of the dead or dry skin. This process really just pushes all of the bad stuff right back down into the pore which creates a wonderful buffet for acne causing bacteria to feast on – we don’t want that shit.
Frequency of exfoliation is pretty subjective and can really only be measured by trial and error. Always start off light, maybe once or twice a week – if you see positive results, hooray, you’ve completed the task at hand – if not, bump that frequency up to three or four times per week. Just understand that the max amount of exfoliation sessions any human should really practice is five times per week. As necessary as it is to remove that debris, it’s just as necessary to allow that skin to rebuild.
How do I know that exfoliation is working?
Generally, exfoliation should help acne to subside. This should be noticeable within the first week of actively trying to knock that accumulation of debris off the face. Not only that, you should notice a much smoother look on the face immediately after finishing a solid exfoliation session. It will also be much more smooth to the touch. Have someone take a close up photo of your face with a decent camera. You’ll be able to see the difference in skin clarity.
Pro Tip: Be sure to follow up with a splash of Witch Hazel based toner as well as your favorite facial moisturizer!
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