3 Ways to Remove Dead Skin From Your Face

3 Ways to Remove Dead Skin From Your Face

Is a buildup of dead skin cells holding you back from a soft, radiant complexion? Here is how to remove dead skin from your face to maintain smoother skin. 

What Causes Dead Skin Cell Buildup?

Our skin is constantly going through a skin cell turnover process. During this cycle, the skin sheds dead skin cells, making way for fresher skin cells. These newer skin cells allow your skin to look and feel its best. 

The problem, however, is that certain factors can inhibit the shedding of those older cells, leading to dead skin cell buildup. As a result, the complexion can look dull and dry, and you may notice flakiness, congestion, and rough patches. 

One of the biggest contributors to this buildup is aging. The skin cell turnover cycle naturally slows as we get older – leaving more time for those dead skin cells to gather on the complexion. 

Beyond a slower skin cell turnover process, other factors that can lead to buildup include poor skincare habits (like not cleansing properly or skipping moisturizer), dryness, and damaging aggressors like UV rays and pollution. 

Chemical vs Physical Exfoliation for Dead Skin Cell Buildup

Exfoliation is the key to removing dead skin cells and revealing fresher, smoother skin. There are two different forms of exfoliation: physical (also known as manual) and chemical. 

With physical exfoliation, you either use a tool (like a face brush) or a scrub to manually buff away dead skin cells, instantly revealing softer skin. With chemical exfoliation, chemicals (such as beta and alpha hydroxy acids) are applied to the skin to dissolve those dead skin cells. 

It’s important to note that there is such a thing as too much exfoliation. Over exfoliation can damage the skin barrier and cause redness, dryness, irritation, and other signs of sensitivity. Find the right balance in your routine to ensure you get the exfoliation your skin needs without going overboard. 

How to Get Rid of Dead Skin Cell Buildup on Your Face 

Ready to add exfoliation to your routine? Here are the top three methods to consider trying. 

1. Incorporate Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), and one of the most effective chemical exfoliants. It has a smaller molecular size compared to many other commonly used AHAs, which means it is able to effectively penetrate the skin and dissolve dead skin cells. It not only removes old skin cells, but also works over time to soften the look of fine lines and improve skin texture and tone. 

For the best results, consider using either a mask or a serum made with this exfoliant. These can often be used one to two times a week, depending on the concentration. 

As you look for a glycolic acid formula, keep in mind the appropriate concentration for your skin type. In general, those with sensitive or dry skin will want to stick with milder formulas made with less than 5% glycolic acid, whereas those with oily skin can often tolerate formulas with a 5% to 10% concentration. 

2. Use a Gentle Face Scrub Once Per Week

If you’d prefer to go the physical exfoliation route, work a gentle face scrub into your routine. A once weekly scrub will renew and refresh your skin, getting rid of dead skin cells that may be causing dullness and roughness. A scrub can be used in the morning or evening – it all comes down to what works best for your routine. 

The most important thing to remember is to go with a gentler formula, ideally one made with super fine particles. These will lightly polish the skin, clearing away debris without causing damage. Scrubs made with larger, rougher particles can often be too abrasive (especially if you have sensitive skin).

3. Use Exfoliating Tools

Another way to physically exfoliate is with a skincare tool, such as a facial brush or exfoliating sponge. Just like with scrubs, once a week usage is ideal. To effectively exfoliate with facial tools without causing any harm, be sure to use a gentle touch. It’s easy to apply too much pressure, which can result in irritated skin. 

Best Skincare Products to Use Before/After This Process

If you’re using a chemical exfoliant, make sure to apply it to dry skin after cleansing. Typically, scrubs are made to both exfoliate and cleanse (so you can use one in place of your cleanser), while an exfoliating tool can be paired with a gentle cleanser like Clarity Purifying Foaming Face Cleanser.

Once dead skin cells are cleared away, the skin will be better able to absorb topical formulas. This makes it the perfect time to use hydrating, super nourishing serums like Radiant Glow Face & Neck Serum. Avoid more aggressive treatments that may irritate the skin. Complete the routine with a gentle moisturizer. 

If you’re battling excess dead skin cells, exfoliation can help. Everyone should work some form of exfoliation into their routine to achieve and maintain softer and more radiant skin.

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  • 3 Ways to Remove Dead Skin From Your Face

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    Is a buildup of dead skin cells holding you back from a soft, radiant complexion? Here is how to remove dead skin from your face to maintain smoother skin. 

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    Is a buildup of dead skin cells holding you back from a soft, radiant complexion? Here is how to remove dead skin from your face to maintain smoother skin. 

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