Why Is Exfoliation So Important To Your Skin?

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Your skin’s job is to protect you day and night from the elements of the outside world, and that means it can take a heavy beating from time to time. There’s actually a lot that goes into keeping your skin healthy, and part of the process involves the constant regeneration of cells. You might not be aware of it, but your body produces new skin cells nonstop around the clock. It has to because an average adult can shed up to 50,000 dead skin cells every minute. It’s an important process, but sometimes cells don’t slough off as well as they should, so they can end up clogging pores, which leads to breakouts. You can do your part to help facilitate the shedding of dead skin cells by exfoliating on a regular basis.


What Is Skin Exfoliation?

Exfoliation is defined as the removal of surface dry skin cells.


How Do I Know If I Need To Exfoliate?

A simple test you can do at home to see if you have surface dry skin cells on your skin is to take a piece of clear tape and apply it to the forehead. Rub it gently and remove. Look at the tape, and if there are little pieces of flaky skin, then you need to exfoliate!

What Skin Care Problems Does Exfoliation Resolve?

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Blemished Skin

Exfoliation should be the main focus of a homecare program. So often, we are told to dry out the skin with harsh acne products. Although this will destroy acne-causing bacteria, it tends to dry out the skin, and this usually results in not only irritated skin but also in future breakouts. Why? Because as you over-dry the skin, you create surface dry skin cell buildup. This then acts as a barrier to trap oil in the skin, thereby starting a cycle of new breakouts. One of the best acne prevention regimens is our Unblemish Regimen with Clarifying Toner. This is a photo says it all!


Post-breakout red/dark marks

Often, the real concern is not so much the actual blemishes, but rather the red, dark marks that remain on the skin long after the breakout has healed. The key to fading those post-breakout marks is to exfoliate in combination with a good skin care regimen like our Unblemish Regimen with Spot Fading Toner. The more you remove the surface damaged skin tissue, the more you are ridding the skin of the dark marks and encouraging the formation of new healthy (non-scarred) skin tissue. The result is more even-toned skin with less scarring.


Clogged Pores

Clogged pores aren’t infected blemishes, but rather blackheads, small whiteheads, and little clogged bumps on the skin, often on the forehead. The same rules apply as with blemished skins. The more you remove surface dry skin cells (usually caused by using harsh, drying products), the less oil will stay trapped and congested in the pores.

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These are the brown spots that come from age, pregnancy, hormonal changes, sun-damage and genetics. These spots tend to become more apparent and darken as the skin ages. Exfoliation is beneficial for breaking up the pigmented cells to allow them to fade. Combined with a skin care regimen such as our Reverse Regimen which contains 2% hydroquinone in the toner and 2% hydroquinone in the cream, you are able to reverse these signs of aging. Hydroquinone is the only lightening agent on the market approved by the FDA. Did you know, any product that contains over 2% hydroquinone needs a prescription? By putting 2% in 2 products, the toner and the cream, the Doctors are able to give you prescription strength medicines without having to obtain a prescription.


Dry Skin

Especially in the winter, exfoliation is very important. So often when the skin is dry, we tend to load up on heavier creams to compensate for the dryness. But dry skin means you have dry skin cell buildup. And the more you layer on the heavier creams, the more you are trying to re-hydrate dry skin cells, which makes no sense! Instead, increase your exfoliation to remove the dry skin cells, and then moisturize the new skin cells with the Soothe Moisturizer. This Moisturizer is fantastic for winter’s skin.

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Aging Skin

The skin’s natural exfoliation process slows as the skin ages, resulting in an accumulation of dry skin cells. As you increase your exfoliation, you are tricking the skin into acting young again. You can combine this with the Redefine Regimen. This regimen uses Peptide Technology. Peptides are amino acids that encourage your body’s ability to create collagen! Which helps eradicate fine lines and wrinkles and improves skins texture!

How Often Should One Exfoliate?

Exfoliation is a simple process that removes dead skin cells from the surface of your body. There are several ways to exfoliate. Microdermabrasion, chemical peels, over the counter exfoliants, or at home microdermabrasion kits. The frequency of your exfoliation will depend on the method that you choose.
Face washes can be used daily, where as microdermabrasion from your esthetician should be done every 4-6 weeks. If you choose to have a chemical peel, then you will be advised directly as to when you can repeat the process.
The thing to keep in mind is the goal of exfoliation. It should leave your skin feeling softer and looking healthier — not red and irritated. If you over-exfoliate, you could end up doing more harm than good.

How can I acheive the best results?

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Today, you are able to get the same visible results as microdermabrasion with the Macro Exfoliator Redefine, also known as the Macro E. This hand held tool with Doc-Smart Programing and interactive app is the newest addition to Rodan + Fields Dermatologists Anti-Aging Skin Care Line. By using this tool once a week in combination with a good skin care regimen the results are immediately visible. I recommend using the products from our skin care line in combination with the Macro E for the best results. Click here for a demonstration video

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