Exfoliation questions answered

Skin naturally sheds off billions of dry dead skin cells daily.  The natural process slows down as we age, are exposed to sun damage, skin disorders or genetics.

So let’s see how long it’s taking for your old dead skin cells to naturally shed:

Babies-14 days

Teenagers 21-28 days

Middle age 28-42 days

Over 50- 42-84 days

Your skin will have extra layers of dead cells which make your skin look dull.  It can also cause clogged pores and breakouts.   Exfoliation takes off dry dead cells so healthy cells can be seen. It’s important to protect these new healthy cells with sunscreen.

Exfoliators can be either physical exfoliators or chemical exfoliators.  A physical exfoliator buffs off the dead cells.  Some examples of physical exfoliators are: Clarisonic, Konjac sponge, anything that says scrub, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion to name a few.  Chemical exfoliators are: Chemical peels, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and Beta Hydroxy Acids to name a few.  Exfoliators like Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids unglue the dead cells so they slough off.  I personally use a chemical exfoliator.  There are some questions out there about Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids so I thought this could answer some of the questions.  I know a lot of people are now visiting my blog that might not have read the previous post about anti-aging that I will link HERE.  So let’s review a few of the things that can help with anti-aging …the Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids.

We are going to use the abbreviations for these two acids.  The abbreviations are AHA for the Alpha and BHA for the Beta.   AHA(best at 5-10% with a ph of 3-4) is usually for dry or sun damaged skin. These are going to exfoliate your skin resulting in less lines and wrinkles, firmer skin and collagen that is stimulated.  As the sun damages our skin, our skin thickens.  BHA(1-2% with a ph of 3) is best for Combination or Oily skin types treating black heads and white bumps. It’s also good for people with rosacea.  BHA can get thru the oil that is clogging the pore.  BHA is also an anti-inflammatory, so it is good for people with red skin or rosacea.  Not everyone with rosacea can exfoliate so make sure you test an area before committing to using this product.

There are different versions of Alpha Hydroxy Acids:

Glycolic Acid- Sugarcane

Lactic Acid- Milk

Malic Acid- Apples and Pears

Citric Acid- Citrus Fruit

Tartaric Acid- Grapes

Mandelic Acid- Bitter Almonds

There is only one version of Beta Hydroxy Acid-Salicylic Acid

The way I apply my hydroxy is after my Vitamin C.

I will be reviewing my HOLY Grail AHA.

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