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What Are the Best Tips for Exfoliating Sensitive Skin?

Sugar is a common ingredient in sensitive skin exfoliating scrubs.
Mashed papaya can be used in a facial mask.
A sea sponge makes a good natural loofah for sensitive skin.
Skin care products with fruit enzymes can gently exfoliate sensitive skin.
Exfoliators for dry skin should typically be gentle and non-irritating.
A washcloth is an inexpensive exfoliation method.
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  • Written By: Christina Edwards
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  • Last Modified Date: 27 November 2014
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Exfoliating sensitive skin can help prevent a buildup of dead skin cells and trapped bacteria. Using a harsh exfoliator, however, is not recommended. Natural exfoliators, like fruit enzymes and naturally occurring acids, are typically recommended to exfoliate sensitive skin. An oatmeal scrub can also be used. These natural homemade exfoliators are usually safe for most individuals.

Fruit enzymes are generally considered gentle enough for exfoliating sensitive skin. These enzymes help break down and loosen dead skin cells. This makes it easier to slough them off.

Papaya contains a fruit enzyme known as papain. A homemade facial mask of mashed papaya can be used for exfoliating sensitive skin. Pineapple contains bromelain, and this fruit can be used in a similar manner to exfoliate sensitive skin. This fruit also contains some helpful alpha hydroxy acids.

Alpha hydroxy acids can be found naturally in many fruits and some dairy products. Many commercial skin-care products also contain alpha hydroxy acids. Individuals with sensitive skin, however, should choose the product with the lowest concentration of these acids. Like fruit enzymes, these acids help loosen and break up the topmost layer of dead skin.

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Glycolic acid, malic acid, and tataric acid are all alpha hydroxy acids that can be found in fruits. Glycolic acid can be found in sugarcane, while malic acid and tataric acid can be found mostly in apples and grapes, respectively. Lactic acid, on the other hand, is usually found in dairy products, like milk or yogurt.

Oatmeal is also considered excellent for exfoliating sensitive skin. It can be mixed with a small amount of water or milk before applying it to the skin. After 10 to 20 minutes, it can either be rinsed off or wiped off with a washcloth. Adding a little honey to an oatmeal facial scrub can also help moisturize the skin.

When exfoliating sensitive skin on the body, a washcloth or natural loofah is usually recommended. A sea sponge is an excellent natural loofah. When using a washcloth or loofah on sensitive skin, however, an individual should not scrub hard. This can cause irritation. Also, nylon loofahs should also be avoided, since these can also irritate sensitive skin.

Although several commercial products are made to exfoliate sensitive skin, homemade or organic exfoliators are usually recommended. Unlike manufactured products, these usually contain no added chemicals that may irritate the skin. With homemade facial exfoliators, most ingredients are gentle and natural.

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Lostnfound
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I spent the money to get the premium brand exfoliate especially for sensitive skin. I'm glad I did. It really did make a difference in how my skin responded to makeup and how it looked.

I could tell it improved my skin texture. They made a big deal out of how the exfoliating agents are smooth and don't have sharp edges or anything. They seem to somehow "polish" my skin, and it has this sort of glowing look about it. Maybe that's wishful thinking on my part, though.

I don't normally buy premium brand cosmetics or skincare products, but this was a case of getting my money's worth. I have been really pleased with the results.

Grivusangel
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I have sensitive skin and I exfoliate with an apricot seed scrub. My main tips are not to do it too often, and don't rub too hard.

I normally exfoliate about once a week, unless I've been wearing a lot of makeup, in which case I might do it twice a week -- but never more often than that. That can really mess up your skin.

I also don't rub too hard, especially on my cheeks. I may apply a little more pressure on my forehead and jawline, but never on my cheeks or nose. That's a very sensitive area, and very prone to redness and irritation. So I opt for the gentle, occasional exfoliation and it seems to work very well for me.

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