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How Many Times Should You Exfoliate?

How Many Times Should You Exfoliate?

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Exfoliation is a quick and easy way to give skin that forever-wanted smoothness to your skin. The process involves removing dead skin cells and can reduce dullness and even improve skin tone and conditions like acne. The number of times you exfoliate each week depends on your skin type and what you want to do.

Here are some specific pointers on exfoliating.

Exfoliation Cheat Sheet

So, how often should you exfoliate your face?

Humans lose around 500 million skin cells every day, meaning dead skin can build up pretty quickly. Many think that weekly exfoliation is enough and a good starting point for a newbie. Most experts advise that you exfoliate two to three times per week — as long as your skin can handle it.

Chemical exfoliants tend to be acceptable to use more regularly.

On the other hand, physical methods may be too abrasive to use multiple times a week.

How often should you exfoliate if you have dry or sensitive skin?

People with dry or sensitive skin should be wary. Harsh products may irritate, leading to further dryness or sensitivity.

The best exfoliant would either be an enzyme if you’re sensitive or a glycolic [acid] if you’re dry. Preferably one that contains a moisturizing ingredient. Physical exfoliants don’t have to be written off entirely, as sensitive skin types can control the level of intensity.

We recommend a gentle one with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and amino acids.

What to take home.

No person’s skin is the same, meaning you may have to try a few products before you find an exfoliating routine that works.

If you’re unsure what your skin needs, let us know at or check out our Skin Quiz to get customized results.

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