Sometimes it’s hard to follow the rules.
Take exfoliation, for example. We know we gotta do it, but if we have sensitive skin, that ain’t so easy. That’s skin that turns red just by looking at it. It screams in pain when you wash it.
How can we go the extra mile and get those dead cells off without traumatizing our skin even more?!
I hear ya, girlfriend. And I’m here to help. Exfoliating sensitive skin is SO hard but doable. Here are your three options:
1. Got uber sensitive skin?
When all else fails, try a washcloth. It’s by far the gentlest option there is. So gentle, even most people with sensitive skin can use it daily. But if you find your sensitive skin can’t take even that, cut back to once or twice a week.
How do you use a washcloth? With your fave cleanser. And apply moisturizer afterwards.
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2. Got mildly sensitive skin?
If your skin can take something that’s a little more heavy-duty, go with lactic acid. It’s an alpha hydroxy acid (AHAs) that dissolves the “glue” that holds skin cells together and hydrates skin to boot. Out of all the AHAs, it’s the gentlest.
The only problem? It’s hard to find an exfoliant or serum with just lactic acid. Usually, it tags along with his other AHAs friends, like glycolic acid. You could use those too, but I find lactic acid alone is gentler.
Whatever option you go for, never use it more than once a week. Take it easy on your skin.
3. Got acne?
Cursed with both sensitive skin and acne (cos, you know, bad things never come alone)?
Then your best bet is salicylic acid. It’s a superexfoliant that gets inside the pores and removes all the crap that clogs them up and makes us breakout. It also has anti-inflammatory properties so it can soothe your sensitive skin too.
When you’re dealing with sensitive skin, less is always more. Use small doses (no more than 1%) once a week. I love Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant because it’s also chockfull of soothing ingredients, like green tea and allantoin, that can calm down redness and irritations.
Do you have sensitive skin? If so, how do you exfoliate it?