Everyone gets pimples, but not everyone knows how to get rid of them. That's why so many of us run to the drugstore and try whatever product claims to "erase pimples overnight" or give you "clear flawless skin." Before you take a trip to the skincare aisle, dermatologists want you to know which ingredients and formulas to avoid when it comes to your acne-fighting regimen -- especially the exfoliants. If you're using THIS product, it could actually be the reason why you're breaking out in the first place!
Exfoliating is necessary for getting rid of the dead skin cells, which can clog your pores and cause breakouts if they accumulate. But dermatologists say those with acne-prone skin should avoid exfoliants with exfoliating beads as they can cause irritation and make your breakouts even worse! "Exfoliating beads are bad for acne because they inflame the skin, making the condition worse and more protracted," says Mona Gohara, MD, dermatologist and Associate Clinical Professor at Yale University's Department of Dermatology.
Instead, skincare experts recommend using a chemical exfoliator to fight acne and eliminate the oil that's causing your skin to breakout in the first place. “If you have breakouts, use a chemical exfoliator to fight oil and acne from a deeper level in the skin,” says Rianna Loving, esthetician and founder of organic skincare and beauty line Orgo, tells Byrdie. “AHA and BHA acids (like salicylic, lactic, and glycolic) will be most effective. These will not only fight oil and remove pore-clogging dead skin cells, but also improve skin's texture and repair acne scars.”
Not sure which exfoliator to buy? We recommend REN's Micro Polish Cleanser. This two-in-one product cleanses AND exfoliates the skin, helping to eliminate dead skin cells and impurities. It'll also help with uneven skin tone, discoloration and sun damage!