Exfoliation / Peeling of Our Skin
There is a serious and widespread misconception about the value of exfoliation. Most people believe the surface of the skin is composed of dead, useless cells that make the skin look dull, prevent skin from “breathing” and can clog up pores. In reality these “dead” cells are the mature functioning cells of the skin. They are there for a special purpose. There is no doubt the falling dead skin cells do mix with sebum and can create plugs in the follicles that can then cause comedones and acne.
Clients with photo-ageing will notice that the outer layers of the skin can become excessively thickened and the skin will take on a dry, rough texture. This is obviously an unhealthy state of affairs and to treat this problem we need to first of all, stop the abuse from sunlight and secondly work on exfoliation of the top layers of the skin. Thickened skins may have initially have an adverse reaction and poor penetration of products containing Vitamin A and anti- oxidants, so always start on a low dose and work up the levels.
Once initial exfoliation has been done, then it should be repeated with great care, for this can aggravate the damage and also exaggerate the side effects of the therapeutic skin care regime. Once a scientific skin care regime is started, the skins top layers, will return to normal thickness and should not need continued exfoliation.