How Do I Choose the Best Exfoliator for Sensitive Skin?

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  • Written By: Nicole Long
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  • Last Modified Date: 15 May 2020
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Choosing the best exfoliator for sensitive skin involves understanding the options available in the world of exfoliation and skin care, which include everything from abrasive particles to gentler acids. When picking out the best exfoliator for sensitive skin, reading the label and understanding the ingredients is important. For example, many peels have ingredients that are too harsh for sensitive skin. In addition, individuals with sensitive skin can consult a qualified dermatologist for recommendations.

Proper skin care can help keep skin looking young and fresh. Taking care of your skin can help limit the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that come with age. Part of a proper skin care regimen often involves the use of an exfoliator.

Exfoliators work to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Various types of exfoliators exist for consumers. They include exfoliating scrubs, lotions and peels. They are appropriate for various body parts including the face, feet and overall body. Each of these work to remove dead skin cells from the skin; however, each has varying degrees of strength and some may not be appropriate for sensitive skin.

Scrubs contain abrasive particles to achieve the desired effect. These abrasive particles remove dead skin cells through friction. For someone with sensitive skin, scrubs may cause irritation on delicate areas such as the face. They may, however, work well for overall body exfoliation.

Lotions and liquids often contain special acids, such as alpha-hydroxy or retinoic acid, to help remove dead skin cells. This type of exfoliant depends on the action of a chemical to help exfoliate the skin. The best acid-containing exfoliator for sensitive skin will tout that designation on the label.

Peels in the forms of creams and lotions are not often recommended for those with sensitive skin. This type of exfoliant requires the user to leave the product on the skin for extended periods of times before removal. Unfortunately, sensitive skin users may find this irritating and too harsh for their skin type.

When purchasing any type of exfoliant, you want to buy one that is specifically labeled for sensitive skin. These versions often contain fewer chemicals and irritants, such as fragrance or dye. Choosing a designated sensitive skin exfoliant can help limit the possibility of a negative reaction.

Speaking with a dermatologist can help you reach a final decision on the best exfoliator for sensitive skin. They can often provide you with samples of various exfoliants to test before deciding on the type that works best. In addition, they can give advice on what works best for other patients with similar skin types.


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