Exfoliation and Acne

How to properly exfoliate different types of acne

 

Exfoliation is a key factor in obtaining and maintaining optimal skin health. Acne-prone skin, however, relies heavily on exfoliation to keep acne lesions from forming and to facilitate deeper penetration of active, acne-fighting ingredients. To really understand every facet of the relationship between acne and exfoliation, one must begin at the root cause of acne: Retention Hyperkeratosis.

Retention Hyperkeratosis is an inherited disorder defined by an abnormal shedding of cells within the follicle, leading to skin cells becoming stuck within the pore. The acne-prone pore sheds skin cells four to five times faster than those that are not acne-prone. This causes the build up of sticky, dead skin cells to the formation of a microcomedone, otherwise known as the beginning of all acne. Exfoliation is essential to treating acne; it keeps the follicles clear of debris, soothes inflammation, and fights bacteria.

The type of acne will determine the best kind of exfoliation to use.

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Alex Hernandez
AHernandez@lne.com

Alex Hernandez, a licensed esthetician since 2016, serves as the Clinic Manager and Lead Educator at the Face Reality Acne Clinic in San Leandro, CA. Alex has trained alongside Laura Cooksey, owner and co-founder of Face Reality Skincare, a nationally recognized acne expert with 28 years of experience in educating professionals on safe and effective acne treatment. Alex became a Face Reality Certified Acne Expert in 2018 through diligent practical training and Laura’s online course. www.pros.facerealityskincare.com



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