Do you look in the mirror and see a complexion in need of clearing?  Many of us do not suffer from acne or hyperpigmentations, and yet our skin is still not clear.  This is because your skin is congested.  And while you may be thinking the main culprit of your congestion is dirt, oils, and residues, you should think again.  More than likely, the congestion you see on your face is caused by dead skin cells in need of clearing.  Which means what you are in need of exfoliation.

Many of us forget that our skin is in a constant state of repair, forming new skin cells to replace the old ones that are damaged.  In fact, every three or four weeks your skin is preparing new cells to replace the old ones, and often times you need a little bit of help in clearing all of those old cells from your skin.  Left unaddressed, dead skin cells will mix with the oils in your skin and sink down into your pores, causing clogs and blemishes to appear that can be mistaken as blackheads because of their dark colorations.  The easy solution is to use a quality product that exfoliates at least once a week to help slough off dead cells and keep your skin clear.

Don’t just use any exfoliating product though.  You want one that will be gentle on your skin.  Products that use large beads to exfoliate can be harsh and actually damage the healthy cells on your skin.  You need something with small, gentle beads to clear off the cells without causing damage.  Skinceuticals Clarifying Cleanser is a great product because it includes microbeads as well as Acids (Salicylic, Mandelic, and Glycolic Acids) that exfoliate and cleanse and purify your skin.  You will always want to cleanse your skin before (or in this case, while) you exfoliate.  Some products, such as Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm and Exfoderm Forte, work to exfoliate the skin while complement the use of other products in the Nu-Derm line that help correct signs of mild to moderate photodamage.  Other products, such as Skinceuticals Renew Overnight, Obagi C-Rx Exfoliating Day Lotion, and Kinerase Pro Therapy Skin Smoothing Cleanser, exfoliate as they moisturize the skin, and may also complement the use of other products in their line.

There are certain ingredients you can look for to spot a good exfoliating treatment.  Alpha Hydroxy Acids as well as Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Malic Acid, and Lactic Acid all work to clear your pores and renew the surface layer of your skin, which effectively clears out dead skin cells.  If you have sensitive skin, then these acid-based products may be too harsh for you.  Consider looking for other products that may have a fruit enzyme base that can exfoliate without the potential added irritation.  Particular fruits to look for are pineapple, pumpkin, and papaya, and can usually be found in masks or peels that remove the excess cells without the need for scrubbing your skin.  These exfoliating treatments, like the others, may only need to be used once a week.

After you start exfoliating your skin on a regular basis, you will see how much improvement this one extra step can offer.  It is amazing how radiant and clear your complexion can be after a regular exfoliation regimen.  Why not try to brighten, smooth, and soften your skin with this one extra step in your skin care routine?  You may be surprised with how much it can offer the tone and texture of your skin.