While maintaining that exfoliation is a great way to shed dead skin cells and reveal the fresh, radiant skin, it is possible to do it a bit too much and a bit too often. It may be hard to pinpoint as the skin may develop a tight, waxlike texture, which can be confused for a healthy glow. In reality, it’s anything but healthy.
However, if you notice any of the above symptoms, the first thing to do is stop exfoliating until your skin has healed and is at its baseline texture.
As we like to empathize a lot, each of our skin is different. And to each of us, the baseline texture is different. Learning to read our skin and nourish and treat its needs is the first step to the proper, healthy, and radiant glow.
To stop ourselves before we even get here, test a gentle lactic acid (AHA) exfoliator once a week, then switch to salicylic acid (BHA) product the next and note how your skin responds. Then pick one to move forward. In general, sensitive and dry skin types will love lactic or glycolic acids; oily or acne-prone skin does well with salicylic.