Exfoliation can help to rid the skin of dead cells and, at the same time, stimulate cell renewal. However, the type of peeling is crucial, especially in the case of impure skin prone to acne, so that the skin benefits from the advantages and is not unnecessarily irritated. Therefore, you should follow a few basic rules.
The Right Peeling For Acne And Impure Skin
Most people associate peeling with classic mechanical peeling that uses tiny peeling particles to simultaneously polish and massage the skin’s surface. This variant may be beneficial for the insensitive skin on the body. However, the grinders can also irritate and even injure facial skin that is particularly sensitive but impure and prone to inflammatory acne. On the other hand, chemical peels that work with keratolytic (horn-dissolving) acids are much better. Unlike mechanical exfoliating particles, these acids penetrate the skin and loosen the bonds between the top cells of the stratum corneum, causing them to relax and flake off. Chemical peels can treat many skin conditions, including acne, blemishes, and large pores, depending on the type and size of the acid involved.
AHA, Peeling Against Acne And Blemishes
AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acids. This refers to the fruit acids used in AHA or fruit acid peelings, especially glycolic and lactic acid. Thanks to its peeling effect, the top layer of skin is removed so that cornifications are loosened, and sebum can drain off better. At the same time, the underlying cells are stimulated to renew themselves more quickly, revealing a smoother, more even complexion. In addition, due to their water solubility, fruit acids also increase the moisture in the skin – which oily skin often lacks. In this way, sebum production is also regulated.
BHA Peeling Against Pimples And Blackheads
In addition to AHA, there are also BHA (beta hydroxy acids), which include salicylic acid. Because it is fat-soluble, it can penetrate the pores and bind excess sebum – perfect for pimples and blackheads (comedones). Salicylic acid is also anti-inflammatory and reduces redness. For daily use, you can use the EFFACLAR Pore Refining Lotion. In addition to salicylic acid, it contains exceptionally mild lipo hydroxy acid (LHA), so sensitive skin is not irritated. The Effaclar anti-pimple serum is suitable for acne-prone skin and for reducing pimples and deposits. Thanks to its formula of BHA and AHA, as well as niacinamide and thermal water, it has an intense yet soothing effect.
Exfoliating Action Of Retinol
Indeed, retinol is not a classic peeling ingredient, as it does not remove the uppermost horny layer. Nevertheless, retinol can accelerate cell renewal, so new cells move to the skin’s surface, and old ones crowd out. This not only refines large pores but also causes pimple marks, pigment spots, wrinkles, and even slight acne scars that can be gradually reduced. The products in the Redermic range contain pure retinol, giving them both an anti-ageing and anti-acne effect on the skin.
Professional Peelings Against Acne
Exfoliation by a dermatologist is recommended for severe acne or blemishes, as well as pimple marks and acne scars. These work with highly concentrated acids that penetrate even deeper into the skin but can also irritate it more severely. In addition to fruit acid peels, the most common include TCA peels or phenol peels. It is best to consult your dermatologist about which peeling against acne is best for your skin.
Mistakes When Peeling Acne And Impure Skin
Since impure, acne-prone skin is oily but usually also sensitive or inflamed, you should not irritate it too much or exfoliate it excessively. Otherwise, your skin’s protective barrier can be weakened, leaving your skin dry, red, and sore. Then it reacts even more with increased sebum production, making new pimples and blackheads appear. Therefore, it would help if you were as careful and gentle with your skin as possible. If you have sensitive or slightly irritated skin, you should also avoid peelings with abrasives; otherwise, impurities could tear open, and inflammation could increase.
The Right Care After Peeling
Since a specific part of the top layer of skin is permanently removed during peeling, the skin can temporarily become thinner and more sensitive until new cells have moved in and the skin becomes firmer and more resistant again. Proper skin care is crucial to protect them in the meantime and support their regeneration.
Moisture After Peeling
Because the skin can dry out quickly when exfoliating, you should always provide sufficient moisture afterwards – otherwise, it would produce even more sebum to compensate and become greasy again. Pimples and blackheads would then have an easy time. Moisturizers that are naturally present in your skin are best. These include:
- hyaluronic acid
Soothing After Peeling
In particular, sensitive skin prone to acne also needs soothing active ingredients after the peeling, which soothe and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier. The most proven active ingredients include:
- Probiotics and prebiotics (like Aqua Posae Filiformis )
Sunscreen After Peeling
Since the natural light calluses are temporarily reduced by peeling, the skin becomes more sensitive to light. Therefore, you should wear sunscreen for your face or at least a day cream with SPF during the day to protect your skin from UV damage. Incidentally, this also applies to cloudy days since UV rays can penetrate through cloud cover and cause pigment spots or increased acne symptoms.
- Care recommendation: The light EFFACLAR DUO (+) cream is ideal for facial care after peeling. Its formula with Aqua Posae Filiformis, Glycerin and Niacinamide soothes and moisturizes the skin without creating unwanted shine. In addition, the contained salicylic acid prevents new pimples and blackheads. The EFFACLAR Duo (+) SPF 30 is suitable for daytime use and protects against sun damage.
- Regular AHA and BHA peelings help against pimples, blackheads and acne-prone skin. Its keratolytic effect frees the skin from dead skin cells on the one hand and excess sebum from clogged pores on the other. At the same time, cell renewal is stimulated, which means that the complexion is finer in the long term, the skin is firmer, and pimple marks and acne scars are reduced. It is important not to exfoliate too often and provide the skin with care from moisturizing, soothing and protective active ingredients.
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