Help! How Can You Tell If You Over-Exfoliated Your Face?
Exfoliating is one of those skincare steps that is either largely overlooked or performed in excess — there's rarely an in-between. We all know the benefits of exfoliating — boosted radiance, clearer skin, improved texture — but what about the risks of over-exfoliating? You've heard the phrase "too much of a good thing," and it applies here, too. Exfoliating too often, or using too harsh of ingredients, can cause some serious damage to your skin. Now, we know what you're thinking here: how can you tell if you're over-exfoliating?
"If you are over-exfoliating you may experience redness, sensitivity, and irritation," said board-certified dermatologist Amy Ross, MD. Think red blotchy patches on skin — or worse. To ensure you're using the right products to exfoliate properly and not overdoing it, keep reading.