How Can Over-Exfoliation Harm Your Skin?

Over-exfoliation can harm your skin

Over-exfoliation can harm your skin

Exfoliation is the process of the removal of a layer of skin, as in cosmetic preparation. This is generally done to clean the skin zone from outer observed layers due to pollution, oils, sun rays, and other contaminants from the atmosphere. Once the upper layer of the skin is removed by rubbing or scrubbing, the beneath the skin is now utterly clean which can be left alone or gently rubbed or scrubbed with other skincare products to further treatment or increase glow. 


Exfoliating your skin can leave it youthful and glowing, but there’s a delicate balance between just enough and too much. Excessive exfoliation is known as Over-Exfoliation causing severe damage to the skin.

Over-exfoliating could occur from using products that are too strong or improper application techniques that can leave your skin glowing red and irritated or even burn or scar it. After all, It is hard to set general rules and products for exfoliating because everyone’s skin needs are different.

Over-exfoliation can cause pain and discomfort and affect your appearance until the skin heals. heal over-exfoliated skin at home and soothe painful areas.

Chemical exfoliants like AHA and lactic acid are amazing. But, as with any type of exfoliation, if you overdo it, you'll regret it. Over-exfoliation happens when you apply exfoliants too often and take too much off the top layer of your skin. It can be mild and if you don't heed the warning signs (redness, tingling, peeling) and keep right on exfoliating you can end up with a fully compromised skin barrier wherever you've been applying the exfoliant.

Making facial expressions is uncomfortable, and nearly any product that touches your skin stings awfully. Even splashing water on your face is uncomfortable. 

TEWL - Trans Epidermal Water Loss

Using too many different products at a time to achieve some unattainable goal brings drastic damage. Insisting that multiple products in your routine need to have Acids or Retinol or vitamin C, You are probably creating more problems than solving them. 

Instead of a Glow-up, you may get TEWL - TransEpidermal Water Loss - dryness, irritation, flaky, redness, pimples, and inflammaging!!! A 1-2 times weekly exfoliating treatment like Acidelic Micro polish is enough for most people, especially if using other active products daily like Virgin Skin or Popplio, which is an enzyme exfoliant.  

How to fix TEWL 

once you have fed up your skin barrier? Moisturize. Use soothing Oils like Salvation or Copious Balm. Hydrate inside and out. Cleanse gently. Nap. Eat well. LED light.

Dangers of Over-Exfoliation

Redness, Irritation, and Inflammation

The friction developed due to excessive skin exfoliation generates a certain heart over the layers that skin couldn't tolerate. The toleration results in a redness outlook, uncontrollable irritation to scratch the skin surface again, and damaged skin cells inflammation beneath the skin. 


The ruptured pores and pigments over the skin layers due to various skin disorders come under skin breakouts. The skin breakouts due to over-exfoliation result in acne, red bumps, blackheads, etc. 

Skin feels tight, rigid, and wax-like textures

 Due to over-exfoliation, natural oils and required skin cells are eliminated from the skin layers resulting in waxy-looking skin. The beneath skin layers are exposed to the outer atmosphere causing a tight, rigid surface. 

Increased sensitivity

The excess use of skincare products for more than required times would lead the skin to hypersensitivity making it easily prone to eczema, rosacea, or allergic contact dermatitis. To touch the skin gently also becomes painful due to hypersensitivity. 

Burning Sensation

The skin will be more photosensitive and burn more easily during sun exposure. The skin feels a burning sensation on the application of any skincare products.

Increased Acne

The over-exfoliation makes the damaged skin cells pass onto nearby unspoiled skin resulting in acne expansion. The excess use of skin care products will also lead to large pores on the skin. 


The excess use of skincare products will bring hormonal fluctuations in the skin layers resulting in hyperpigmentation. The hyperpigmentation causes dark patches on the skin, both wet and dry in nature. 


To deactivate Over-Exfoliation and reback skin to normal conditions, they are few steps to follow with care and condition. Stop Over Exfoliation and start washing your face gently with water (or a non-foaming fragrance-free soap if necessary) and apply a thin layer of vaseline or Aquaphor to keep in moisture. No makeup, no skincare serums, and no more exfoliation.

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