One Minute Clinic: Exfoliation 101

One Minute Clinic: Exfoliation 101

Are you still using abrasive scrubs, loofahs or dry brushes? These physical exfoliants can lead to microtears, inflammation and the loss of collagen in your skin.

Try switching to a gentle, yet powerful chemical exfoliant like AHA, BHA, retinol, bakuchiol, or tretinoin. These ingredients penetrate the skin and activate cell turnover which gets rid of dead skin cells and reveals brighter, smoother, more radiant looking skin. 

Tips for incorporating a chemical exfoliant into your routine:

  • Only use at night after you wash your face or body
  • Always follow with a moisturizer
  • Start slow. Try using 2-3 times a week and gradually increase over time
  • Do not overuse or you may experience dryness and  irritation 

Want to learn more about exfoliation? Check out the video below. 



Heather D. Rogers, MD stands apart in a world dominated by financially motivated endorsements. Her recommendations are thoroughly researched, focusing on effectiveness and safety. She prioritizes your skin and health over external pressures or personal gains. Driven by the need for superior options, she created Doctor Rogers Skin Care. Dr. Rogers is a double board certified dermatologist with two decades of experience. She sees 100+ patients per week as a full-time procedural dermatologist and surgeon at her practice Modern Dermatology in Seattle.

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