Chemical exfoliation is the most effective form of exfoliation. The exfoliation that we’ve been using so far was essentially manual scrubbing of our skin with granule particles that are known as physical exfoliation. Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, uses chemical acids and doesn’t involve any abrasive scrubbing on the skin. You won’t even feel as if you are doing anything on the skin.
The dead skin cells usually pile up on the skin that makes our skin rough, dry, and dull. Moreover, this accumulation of dead skin blocks our skin making every product we use just sit upon the upper layer without digging inside. Chemical exfoliation is great even for acne-prone skin as abrasive granules in physical exfoliation can trigger the problem into worse. Though chemical exfoliation is supremely effective but this is something a very serious business. Unlike a sheet mask used for 10 minutes, chemical exfoliation is an extreme level thing. You need to be a little cautious while doing a chemical exfoliation. There is a complete set of precautions that you need to take with chemical exfoliation. With improper usage, you can harm your skin rather causing any benefit.
Here is a do-list of things you should keep in mind while going for chemical exfoliation.
Build the Resistance-
If you’re someone new to the realm of chemical exfoliation, building and preparing your skin gradually is the way you enter the chemical exfoliation. You can’t go with any of the chemical exfoliators available. The percentage of acids you’re using is really important. For a newbie, you can’t just randomly go with 20% or 30% just to seek faster results.
We would recommend you to go with something in between 5% or 10%. And once you’re skin is used to acids you can gradually increase the percentage and go for extreme acids. Building tolerance for the skin is very important in chemical exfoliation.
Read the Brand Instructions Carefully-
Least of us pay attention to what the brand has to say about the products and for something else it might go but for chemical exfoliation skipping the brand guidelines is a big no. Chemical exfoliation is the use of serious acids on your skin and what the brand is guiding you should be followed thoroughly. If the brand says to keep it for not more than 10 minutes you should just stick to that.
Patch Test First-
Now everything that brand claims to be good doesn’t mean that it is good. Even if the product mentions ideal for sensitive skin doesn’t mean it would be. So, before going for extreme things in your skincare like chemical exfoliation a patch test is a must. We would recommend you to patch test a layer of the product somewhere on your neck or below the jawline and do the same once in a week for two weeks. If your skin adapts to the acid very well you can go with the product further. If any sort of irritation persists you’ll get to know that it’s not something for your skin.
SPF is a must-
Now this one is the most crucial precaution to follow. If the patch test goes well and you go with the first chemical exfoliation you are making your skin sensitive to the sun. Applying an SPF whenever you step out of your house is a must done job for your chemically exfoliated skin.
That brings us to something really important the time you will do the chemical exfoliation. We would suggest you go with it ideally at PM and not more than once a week.
Chemical exfoliation is not restricted to scrubs like the physical exfoliation any of your products may it be face wash, toner, or moisturizer that has ingredients like Salicylic acid, Glycolic Acid, and Lactic Acid is a form of chemical exfoliation that will exfoliate your skin. Using any of these ingredients in your daily skincare regime is something overdoing with chemical exfoliation. So, we would recommend you to not to overload your skin with these chemical exfoliating ingredients as that will dry out your skin making it worse. Be gentle with your skin and use these acids in less.