Everyone knows the benefits of exfoliating the skin. It removes the dead skin cells, it clears out the pores, and it makes your skin look much fresher and clearer. Many people exfoliate with scrubs that physically remove the dead skin cells, but what about chemical exfoliators? Do they work? Are there any downsides or side effects that you need to be aware of? Isn’t anything that is labelled as “chemical” something to avoid? If you are confused about just what chemical exfoliators are, here are some facts, as well as the pros and cons of chemical exfoliation.
1. It is not the same as a chemical peel
The first thing to get clear is that chemical peels and chemical exfoliations are not the same thing. A chemical peel is a far more drastic treatment that removes that top layer of skin entirely and leaves the newer skin exposed. The chemicals in a chemical peel make the skin blister and a fine layer of skin is then, literally, peeled away.….READ MORE ON THE NEXT PAGE