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What happens to you when you over exfoliate?

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Sat May 14, 2011 11:29 pm      Reply with quote
So I recently found a very good routine. When I first used BHA, I started out too strong with a 2% and my face ended up breaking out in flesh coloured bumps, patchy red skin and just a bit shiny. So I stopped it for a while until my skin calmed down. Then I tried a 1% BHA and left it on for only 10 minutes at night every other day. This worked really well for me and my skin has been looking the best it ever has and I was really excited. Then I thought my skin could tolerate it and started using it every night for 10 minutes and ADDED a 10% AHA for 10 minutes once a week. I believe this is when I started to go back to my over exfoliation symptoms before except this time, I'm producing mass amounts of oil!! It's really horrible!!

I was wondering if anyone knows what I should do to let my skin heal. Should I continue with the 1% bha every other night or just stop it until my skin gets better?
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Sun May 15, 2011 1:49 am      Reply with quote
Yes, that sounds like irritation from over-exfoliation. I would take a rest from the BHA for a few nights until your skin feels more normal. And the oil production may be a response to irritation too, as well as different climate.

Traveling really does a number on me, and I have learned to be extra gentle with my skin (e.g., not use Retin A too soon) after flying a long time or to a different climate. My skin needs time to adjust, otherwise it breaks out pretty bad. Hope yours gets better soon!

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Sun May 15, 2011 3:16 pm      Reply with quote
I think everyone is different. Years ago, I would use AHA & BHA, physical scrubs & microdermabrasion and I had no issues.
Today, I use retinal with physical scrubs, chemicals scrubs and I have no issues as long as I wear sunscreen.

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Sun May 15, 2011 4:31 pm      Reply with quote
I asked the Paula's Choice team if oil production could be a sign of over-exfoliation and they seemed pretty certain that it wasn't. That's the only thing that is confusing me out of all this =/
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Mon May 16, 2011 8:50 am      Reply with quote
Well, they might be wrong. They do say that irritation can cause oil production, and if the acid is irritating you, then oil could follow. Oil could also be a reaction to different climate, or even overcompensation for the dry airplane air.

Have the bumps and redness decreased?

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Mon May 16, 2011 4:52 pm      Reply with quote
Yeah very very slowly though. Ugh, totally making me depressed on my vacation Sad

I stopped using the BHA for two days and then did a mask, and it's starting to calm down a bit. Hope it continues to get better Rolling Eyes
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Mon May 16, 2011 6:18 pm      Reply with quote
I guest they might be more than one fact making your skin very oily. Recent change in exfoliation routine + new products + climate change it is a lot for your skin to deal with.

But, if it is getting a bit better with cutting back on exfoliating it is a good sign it is getting under control now.

I know when I travel to places that are a lot warmer and sunny than where I live, I don’t use my retin-A all, unless the trip is more than 2 weeks. If it is a longer trip I give my skin a good week of rest before I slowly start back with it.

Any way good luck
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Sun May 22, 2011 1:54 pm      Reply with quote
Your age, metabolism, immune system, proper supplementation are all factors to how quickly your skin bounces back from over-exfoliation. Typically, ONE method of exfoliation is enough for skin - for me its Retin-A. I see people who use Retin-A, AHA, and other exfoliants all in one day and Im just apalled because your skin doesnt have that much dead skin cells. Instead of using too many exfoliants in one day, why not just opt for a full chemical peel at the end of the week or use the strongest Retin-A nightly and a strong sunblock.
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Sun May 22, 2011 2:46 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks for that LightenNlift! I've been a little confused as to why so many find it necess to exfoliate in so many different ways. Before I started tretinoin I used to do a weekly asperin/etc mask, but it just doesn't feel very good to me now, or it doesn't seem like it makes much of a difference because my skin is already properly exfoliated.

I keep reading about people who are using different acids and exfoliants either daily or weekly, and keep thinking that it may be the responsible thing to do, and maybe I'm missing some gunk in there which I should be clearing out. But aside from my microfibre, I don't feel the necessity to use anything more.

I gather they're trying to push the skin into renewing itself more quickly, but personally, I don't feel like that's what's going to happen, i.e. my skin just may not be able to keep up. It just seems like I'd be removing whatever kind of necessary protective layer is there and making it more vulnerable to damage.

But then again I don't have particularly even toned skin, large pores and a few little marks from early bouts of acne, so maybe I really should be trying to escalate this exfoliating process for that reason? I'd appreciate any feedback!

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Sun May 22, 2011 4:14 pm      Reply with quote
Hi, I have two cents comment.

Some people need a lot of extra help with cell turnover. I need it. With age, I find that I use less by not using AHA & BHA, and physical scrubs. I do use prescribed RetinA and now my doctor told me to cut back. I have, and already I can see poor skin tone and small breakouts.
I am going to go back to microdermabrasion, but I will do it less frequently then I did in my twenties & early thirties. My skin really need all the extra help. So maybe it has something to do with our genetics and cell production. As we age, our skin get more dull and exfoliation is the key to help the younger skin to come out.

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Sun May 22, 2011 6:09 pm      Reply with quote
Yeah, it's so hard to know just how much exfoliation you need. When I don't do it enough, I start getting blackheads and when I do it too much, I get irritated
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Sun May 22, 2011 7:10 pm      Reply with quote
oasisjc wrote:
Yeah, it's so hard to know just how much exfoliation you need. When I don't do it enough, I start getting blackheads and when I do it too much, I get irritated


Yes, I agree and sometimes you have to know when to slow down with exfoliating and maybe a few days later or a week or so, you have to go back to more of an aggressive routine.

In the summer, I need more exfoliating, but I know I can't over do it because the heat of the sun can make my skin feel more sensitive.

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Mon May 30, 2011 10:43 am      Reply with quote
I tried to use deep cleansing mask & scrub every other day few years ago. However, my skin became sensitive than before (but not irritating immediately), easy to get rash, dryness when the weather change.
I use for years to make my skin get stronger.
Over exfoliation can make your skin get worse and sensitive.
I use deep cleansing mask once every week and seldom use scrub now.
I think you would better to stop any exfoliating products to let your skin heal.
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Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:19 am      Reply with quote
If you overexfoliate, your face will feel quite dry and tight, because you just exfoliated all the excess oil a little too much.
And you might notice your face looking a little red and dehydrated.
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Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:20 am      Reply with quote
Maybe try exfoliating only 1-2 times a week, or 3..but not more than that, else you will have to tend to the dehydration.
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Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:02 am      Reply with quote
Well everyone is different, but i did the same as you and i learned my lesson.

If you use strong acids like AHA/BHA either in concentration or lower pH, you use them less in the week. A person has to find out how much works for them though.
If you're like me and just want to use them everyday use more gentle versions of AHA/BHA.
I use JM bioglycolic cleanser twice a day with an AHA toner, JM's bioclear lotion and then moisturize. That's my exfoliation which is everyday, but its not too much for me although could be for sensitive skin. Granted im not using anything too strong pH wise. Sometimes the bioclear lotion stings, but it goes away within a minute or so.
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