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I'm Dr. Neal Schultz
And welcome to DermTV.
My passion for exfoliation, especially facial exfoliation,
is simply based on exfoliation’s global benefits for facial rejuvenation,
prevention and control of acne breakouts and its potential
to reduce certain precancerous growths.
While I believe that gentle chemical exfoliation consistently produces
better results than physical exfoliation, both are important,
and today’s episode discusses three at home, low tech, simple
and easy physical exfoliation alternatives to chemical exfoliation.
First and most basic is gentle facial message
with a loofah type sponge, or even just a washcloth.
Try circular motions with gentle pressure for a few minutes.
Lubrication with a gentle cleanser will help avoid irritation.
As with all types of physical exfoliation, the degree of exfoliation
will be directly proportional to how long you do it,
how much pressure you apply and how abrasive
the exfoliating instrument is, so go easy and don’t over do it.
Please remember that if a little is good,
more isn’t necessarily better.
Next, try using a cleanser with exfoliating granules,
but make sure you choose one with round or smooth granules,
not one with sharp, hard or angular particles like crushed nut shells,
which can be too sharp and abrasive and actually damage your skin. T
his product, the Garnier Expert Exfoliator Exfoliating Gel,
caught my eye as I was looking at granular cleansers
because while the exfoliating granules are from the jojoba plant,
they’re round so they’re more apt to be gentle
with less potential to irritate. Other products to look for
are granular cleansers with polyethylene beads
which are also round and smooth, such as in this Neutrogena product,
Acne Stress Control.
And last, but not for the faint of heart, let’s talk about...
After you shave your legs don’t you just love how soft
and smooth they feel? It’s not just from removing the hair
that they feel that way. It’s also because the razor has exfoliated
your skin, making the skin surface smoother.
These are such good friends for your legs. Why can't they be
a good friend for your face? So on the same note,
why not consider gently shaving the skin on your face!
You can use the same razor and cream you use for your legs
in the shower, and in fact, shaving in the shower
is even more gentle. And, if you have any facial hair, not to worry,
shaving doesn’t make the hair thicker, coarser or grow any faster,
and if you need some reassurance
there are a bunch of DermTV episodes explaining it.
So the next time you leave your regular glycolic exfoliant
at home when you’re traveling, to maintain your lustrous,
smooth facial skin, try one of these simple techniques.