Are you over-exfoliating your skin? Here’s how to fix it

Are you over-exfoliating your skin? Here’s how to fix it

Ever noticed your skin looking ultra-glowy, almost too shiny? Well, that might be a sign of over-exfoliation – the skincare trap many fall into. Sure, a radiant glow is the goal, but overdo it, and your skin might protest with dryness, rough patches, and even rashes. Healthy exfoliation should leave your skin subtly smoother and cleaner, not irritated. Finding the balance is a key. Are you ready to know if you have been over-exfoliating? Here’s how to know.

In This Article:

Signs You’re Over-exfoliating

1. Dryness And Flakiness

2. Your Skin Feels Sensitive

3. You Breakout Easily

4. Your Skin Is Inflamed

Signs You’re Over-exfoliating

Exfoliation can be a game-changer for your skin, but it has its own limitations too. Here are the red flags that might be signaling you've over exfoliated skin.

1. Dryness And Flakiness

Radiant, smooth skin is the goal, but if you're experiencing excessive dryness or flakiness, your exfoliation routine might be the culprit. Overdoing it can strip away natural oils, leaving your skin thirsty for hydration.

2. Your Skin Feels Sensitive

Notice your skin turning irritated or reacting to even a gentle touch? Your skin is sensitive, and it can be a signal that you have tortured your skin with over exfoliation. It’s then time to dial it back.

3. You Breakout Easily

Paradoxically, over-exfoliation can trigger breakouts. If you notice an increase in blemishes, especially in areas where you usually have clear skin, it's time to reassess your exfoliation routine.

4. Your Skin Is Inflamed

A rosy glow is charming, but persistent redness and irritation are not. If your skin looks more agitated than alluring, you may need to reevaluate your exfoliation frequency.

Healing Your Over-Exfoliated Skin

Now that you're familiar with the signs here’s what you can do to heal your over-exfoliated skin.

1. Say No To Certain Ingredients

There are some ingredients that are not as skin-loving as you might assume. Ingredients like hydroxy acids etc. will normally not work if your skin is exfoliated a lot. These kind of ingredients damage the skin rather than heal them.

2. Bring A Stop To Exfoliation

For a while, stop this habit as it can lead dryness and parched skin. Take a break from AHA/BHA exfoliation too and let your skin recover. Once your skin feels better, enter gentle exfoliation powers with our a scrub that soothes your skin with the gentle hard-working formula.

3. Opt For Soothing Moisturisers

What to do after exfoliating face? Bring in the charm of moisturising creams. Include ingredients that are soothing for the skin for example: Our Face Moisturiser with Niacinamide & SPF 25 PA+++ is a powerhouse of Vitamin B3 and Vitamin E, this is a multitasker cream for your face. Taking care of hydration and SPF, this moisturiser is a dream come true even for your over-exfoliated skin.

4. Use Ice Cubes

Burning sensation on your skin? The best way to get rid of it is with ice cubes. Reduce the chances of inflammation with this remedy. It’s an at-home fix that will instantly prevent and heal inflammed skin.

Here's a simplified step-by-step guide on how to exfoliate your skin.

1. Start With An Exfoliator

Depending on the exfoliator, include the following steps into your skincare routine. Our Weekly Warrior Scrub can be used twice a week as it is made with Papain Enzyme and Natural Cellulose. It’s gentle and a quick face massage in circular motions with this one can help you get rid of dead skin cells, dirt, grime etc.

2. Focus on Problem Areas

Pay extra attention to areas with rough skin texture or concerns, such as the T-zone or areas prone to breakouts. Be gentle and avoid over-exfoliating sensitive areas.

3. Pat Your Skin Dry

After cleansing, pat your face dry with a clean towel. Avoid harsh rubbing, as wet skin is more prone to irritation.

4. Use A Gentle Cleanser (optional)

Begin your skincare routine by cleansing your face with a mild, hydrating cleanser. This helps remove surface impurities and prepares your skin for exfoliation.

5. Use A Face Serum

Active acne stage or blackheads and whiteheads, for any kind of skin woes, you need a face serum. Your best bet are our Serum for Active Acne with Thymol T Essence and 2% Salicylic Acid Serum for Blackheads & Whiteheads. Just a few drops of these serums based on your skin concern will do the deed for your skin.

6. Hydrate With A Moisturiser

Exfoliation may temporarily strip the skin of natural oils, so follow up with a hydrating moisturiser. This helps restore moisture and keeps your skin barrier healthy.

7. Sunscreen Is A Must

If you're exfoliating in the morning, finish your routine with a broad-spectrum sunscreen like UV-Squad’s Niacinamide & Pro-Ceramides Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 PA+++. This sunscreen will work wonders when you are out in the sun and won’t cause sun damage. Moreover, it does not leave any white cast, whatsoever. Exfoliated skin is more sensitive to UV rays, and protecting it is crucial for overall skin health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:1 How do I know if I'm over exfoliating?

A. Over-exfoliation can manifest through various signs. If you notice excessive dryness, flakiness, persistent redness, or unexpected breakouts, these could be indicators that you've pushed your exfoliation routine too far. Additionally, if your skin starts to feel tight or appears shiny in an unnatural way, it might be time to reassess your exfoliation frequency.

Q:2 How often should I exfoliate my face?

A. Exfoliating daily can be too much for many skin types and may lead to over-exfoliation. It's generally recommended to start once a week and gradually increase frequency based on your skin's response. However, daily exfoliation might be suitable for some, especially with gentler products like mild exfoliating cleansers. Always listen to your skin and adjust your routine accordingly. 


Written by Needhi Dhoker on Feb 01, 2024
Fashion & beauty fanatic. Tea or coffee dilemmas. John Mayer vibes. Spilling words and swooning over skincare.

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