Why Sensitive Skin Needs Exfoliation?

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Most people with sensitive skin dig for CTM (cleansing, toning and moisturizing) but often skip the exfoliation part.

They state different reasons for not choosing exfoliation.

Some say that exfoliation and scrubbing makes their skin dry and red. Some complain that exfoliating sensitive skin lead to acne and pimples.

But what if we told you these are myths and people with sensitive skin can totally exfoliate?

Here’s a round-up of reasons your skin needs exfoliation, different types of exfoliation that helps, and some tips you might thank us for!

Reasons Why Sensitive Skin Needs Exfoliation

You may wonder that if your skin is already super-sensitive, why to torture it more with exfoliation! Here is why-

  • Firstly, exfoliation has nothing to do with your skin’s sensitivity. It is a benefitting step for the outer layer of the skin that makes it healthy and glowing.
  • Secondly, it helps in removing the dry and dead cells from the epidermis of the skin, giving the skin a smoother feel and refreshing look.
  • Next, exfoliation protects your skin from being exposed to environmental factors like dust, dirt and suntan. It shrinks your skin pores and prevents dirt and dead cells build-up.
  • Also, it prevents sensitive skin from developing breakouts and acne. It clears the pores of excess oil – a major reason for breakouts.
  • Lastly, exfoliating sensitive skin also boosts blood circulation which further helps in achieving an even skin tone.

Which Type of Exfoliator is Best for Sensitive Skin?

There are mainly two types of exfoliators:

  • chemical exfoliators that use enzymes or acids like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) to remove dead skin cells
  • physical exfoliators that use hard substances like granules, seeds and nutshells to manually remove the dead skin cells

As per a study, acne-prone and highly damaged or sensitive skin responds well to chemical exfoliators as they cause less irritation as compared to physical exfoliators. Other than this, using exfoliators that contain salicylic acid are also good for sensitive skin.

Though chemical exfoliates are hands down the best for sensitive skin, one can certainly use both to benefit the skin. Do not to use both on the same day as it may lead to over exfoliation.

Points to Remember

Well, now that you know why sensitive skin needs exfoliation, you should also know how often it is good to exfoliate.

In case you are still skeptical, it is wise to start exfoliating once in a week to understand how your skin responds later. If your skin looks similar but much clearer, then, you can try it twice a week. Other than this, keep in mind the below key-points for best skin results.

  • Never over exfoliate as it may lead to your skin looking dry and patchy. Redness, stiffness, flaking skin are all signs of over exfoliation and you must stop the process before these signs appear. Also, do not exfoliate every day.
  • Always wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days and especially after exfoliating. The UVA rays damage the skin as the skin is most vulnerable when recently exfoliated.
  • Avoid being rough to your skin and never apply too much pressure when you’re exfoliating using a physical exfoliate.
  • Avoid using exfoliates that contain fruit pits and nut shells as the jagged particles can cause harm to the skin. Rather look for exfoliates that contain smooth, round beads.
  • Follow the instructions diligently. If it states to wash the exfoliator after two to five minutes, do not intend to keep it for longer than that. The particles present in the exfoliate penetrate very quickly in the skin, so make sure you do not end harming your skin.
  • Avoid exfoliation when you have irritated skin as it can cause your skin serious damage.
  • Also, avoid exfoliation if the skin has been recently treated with lasers.


So there! now you know what wonders a gentle exfoliation can do to your skin. Trust us, this will work like a charm as a beneficial addition to your skincare routine.

Contributor Bio – The blog is presented by Sharda Hospital and intends to create awareness about mindful eating. Sharda Hospital is one of the largest super specialty hospitals in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR).




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