Ask a Dermatologist: How Often Should I Exfoliate My Face?



When I was 15 years old, I bought my first exfoliator. It cost $5 from the drugstore and felt grainy on my skin. I was pretty proud of this purchase at the time and expected it to work wonders for my pubescent, acne-ridden face. I loved the gritty stuff. I felt extra clean whenever I used it; plus, it smelled like apricots.

The only problem was I didn’t know the answers to these essential questions: How often should I exfoliate my face, and what ingredients should I look for when shopping for an exfoliant? You hear about all the benefits one can reap from exfoliating, but knowing the proper way to incorporate it into your skincare routine can be a bit of a mystery. Since I was 15, I have tried almost every type of exfoliator on the market, and I still sometimes ask myself the same questions I did back then. To set the record straight for everyone, we had a panel of trusted skincare experts weigh in on all things exfoliation. Keep scrolling to find their answers to these basic (but important) questions!

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