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When should I avoid exfoliating my skin?

Ben Kaminsky
Dermatology
If you have rosacea, exfoliation is not recommended, as the skin is already red, irritated, inflamed, and may have papules or pustules (bumps or white heads). Also, avoid exfoliating if you have acne with pustules on the skin. If an exfoliating ingredient breaks the thin membrane covering the pustule, bacteria can travel to other areas of the face and body and spread the acne. This can be extremely painful, too. If you have a tendency for acne but no pustules are present, try using either BHA (salicylic acid) or AHA (lactic acid, glycolic acid) when you exfoliate to help heal the skin.
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