In Miami, the land of the "Beautiful People" - where sun and sand mean that skin is always exposed, Dr. Andrea Trowers, Board Certified Dermatologist based in North Miami Beach, helps enhance all of her client's beauty.
Dr. Trowers exclusively addressesmany of your biggest skin care questions in our ongoing series of columns. Her latest column is about exfoliation. Dr. Trowers explains what exfolation is, why it's important and the best products to achieve beautiful, healthy glowing skin! - RLB
Exfoliation- How to Do it Correctly and the Best Products
As humans, we shed thousands of skin cells every day as part of the normal life and death process of our skin cells. We are unaware of this process until it is altered by sun damage, the normal aging process, acne, irritating skin products or a change in the temperature or humidity. All of these factors can result in a change in your skin’s normal exfoliation process and the result is dull, lifeless, dry skin. So exfoliation is never required until there is a problem in our skin’s built in mechanism.
Harsh exfoliation products can cause more harm then good and I see these problems frequently in my office. Rough scrubs or strong cleansers can irritate skin. Any rough handling, including rubbing too hard with a wash cloth is strongly discouraged. The result can be color changes in the skin and the possible worsening of acne.
The best exfoliation is achieved by daily prescription strength retinoid products (such as tazorac, retin a and differin). The products help to clear out sticky skin cells clogging the pores and at the same time are mild daily exfoliators. After a month or two of daily proper use, patient’s report that their skin is “clearer”, “fresher” and “glowing”. This is because the retinoid has hastened the shedding of dead, dull skin cells.
Microdermabrasions, performed by a licensed professional, are also a great option for exfoliation. It is a tiny vacuum with crystals rotating inside that gently buff off and suck away dead skin cells. When performed on a regular basis this procedure, especially when a topical retinoid is also being used, can really give the “glow” we all want.
Remember, when it comes to exfoliation a little goes a long way. However when it is properly performed the benefits show where it counts…your face! - Dr. Andrea Trowers
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