Facial exfoliation is a crucial step in every skincare routine. Enhanced skin texture, improved product absorption, and a brighter complexion are just a few of the benefits. However, many make mistakes that hinder their exfoliation efforts. In this blog, we'll delve into the top six exfoliation mistakes and offer solutions to achieve glowing, healthy skin

Why Facial Exfoliation is Necessary:

Exfoliation plays a vital role in maintaining skin health. It promotes cell turnover, reduces pore size, and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles.

It also primes the skin for better product absorption. However, improper techniques can have negative effects. In this article, we’ll unpack the top 6 facial exfoliation mistakes and how to prevent them.

Mistake #1: Exfoliating Too Frequently:

Over-exfoliating the face can damage the skin's barrier, leading to sensitivity, redness, and dryness. Limit exfoliation to 1-3 times per week, depending on your skin type and sensitivity level.

Opt for gentle facial exfoliators like the ILUMA® intense brightening exfoliating cleanser for effective yet safe exfoliation. It gently buffs away radiance-impairing dead skin buildup to illuminate your skin. Or, try adding the ILUMA intense brightening exfoliating powder to your routine. The water-activated powder helps bring brighter, more even-toned skin to light. 

Mistake #2: Not Exfoliating Enough:

On the other hand, infrequent exfoliation can result in dull, congested skin. Aim to exfoliate your face at least once a week to remove dead skin cells and reveal a brighter complexion.

The AGELESS total resurfacing masque leverages alpha and beta hydroxy acids combined with micro-crystals to polish skin and improve tone. The AGELESS total microderm exfoliator is our most potent solution. Powered by fruit enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids and microcrystals, it goes deep to decongest pores, refine skin and unveil radiance.

Mistake #3: Using Too Harsh of a Facial Exfoliator:

Aggressive scrubbing with harsh facial exfoliants can micro-tear the skin and exacerbate issues like acne and irritation. Choose formulas with gentle ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids or fruit enzymes to avoid over-sensitizing the skin.

For a quick and easy option, CLEAR CELL salicylic clarifying pads are a convenient, waterless solution. Powered by a combination of 2% salicylic acid and glycolic acid, they sweep away dull, dead skin instantly. Ideal for using after exercise or to refresh oily skin.

Also formulated for oily skin, the CLEAR CELL clarifying salicylic masque decongests pores and purifies skin. Leveraging glycolic and salicylic acids to exfoliate dead cells that clog pores, promoting a fresh, revitalized appearance.

Mistake #4: Not Exfoliating When Dry:

Dry facial skin can benefit from exfoliation to remove flakiness and improve moisture absorption. Opt for chemical exfoliants rather than physical scrubs to prevent further irritation.

Mistake #5: Skipping Post-Exfoliation Nourishment:

Following exfoliation with hydrating serums and moisturizers is essential to replenish the skin's moisture barrier and prevent dehydration. Incorporate nourishing treatments to maximize the benefits of facial exfoliation.

Mistake #6: Not Combining Physical and Chemical Exfoliators:

You can harness the benefits of both physical and chemical facial exfoliators by combining them in one product. The ORMEDIC® balancing gel polisher offers gentle daily exfoliation for all skin types. Featuring a blend of physical and chemical exfoliation for optimal results without irritation, leaving the skin refined and balanced.

Facial Exfoliation FAQs:


What's the Best Exfoliator for Me?

Choose an exfoliator based on your skin type and concerns. Options include physical exfoliators, chemical exfoliators, enzyme exfoliators, and scrubs. Patch-test your new facial exfoliator product and follow usage instructions to avoid adverse reactions. Learn more about the difference between each type of exfoliator.

How Do You Use an Exfoliator?

Start with clean, damp facial skin and apply the exfoliator using gentle circular motions. Focus on problem areas, rinse thoroughly, and follow up with facial moisturizer and sunscreen. Adjust facial exfoliation frequency based on skin tolerance. Learn more about how to exfoliate the right way.

Are Scrubs and Exfoliators the Same Thing?

While often used interchangeably, facial scrubs typically refer to physical exfoliators, while exfoliators encompass both physical and chemical options. Choose exfoliation products based on your skin's needs and preferences.

Can You Use Facial Exfoliators on Your Body?

Facial exfoliators can be used on the body, but consider factors like texture, sensitivity, and the area of application. The BODY SPA exfoliating body scrub was designed for the body. It combines the gentle exfoliating power of crushed walnut shells with natural fruit extracts to help dissolve dead skin.

How Do You Exfoliate Ingrown Hairs?

Choose a gentle facial exfoliator suitable for your skin type and exfoliate the affected area 1-2 times per week. Use gentle pressure, moisturize afterward, and consider warm compresses to soften the skin. Avoid picking or tweezing ingrown hairs to prevent further irritation.

Exfoliation is a key to achieve glowing skin, but it must be practiced with care. Choose a mix of physical and chemical exfoliators and follow up with a nourishing moisturizer for optimal results. By avoiding these common facial exfoliation mistakes and using the appropriate products, more radiant skin is achievable.

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