Exfoliation has long been a key recommendation by dermatologists for those with oily or acne-prone skin. While exfoliation has major benefits for every skin type, for oily skin you’ll be looking for exfoliation that targets texture, purifies and cleans out pores, helps resolve and prevent breakouts, as well as addressing post-acne marks too. Sounds like a tall order, right? Well, thanks to the new generation of skincare actives formulated into pro-level products that are safe and effective for at-home use, you can now add more elevated exfoliation options into your daily, weekly, and monthly skincare ritual. It's all down to what you use, when you use it, and keeping it going for the long haul.
“Adult acne can stem from not having the right skincare routine or knowing how to treat your skin,” explains Dr. Nina Desai, board-certified dermatologist. “And, it’s not just about what products you use, it’s about how you use them, how often, and the maintenance.”
So, how often should you exfoliate your face? Discover which exfoliation products and methods to use on a nightly, weekly, and monthly basis.
Your blemish-battling ritual starts with your beauty sleep. Having a solid salicylic acid-powered serum in your evening skincare arsenal to target and treat blemishes—while also preventing further breakouts as you sleep, will lay the foundations of your ritual. “Salicylic acid is the expert at tackling bacteria. And, when paired with retinol, it really gets into pores to clean out black and whiteheads and clear anything that might be brewing,” shares Dr. Nina.
After cleansing with a clarifying toner, supercharge your nightly ritual with the skin-clearing and smoothing power of Beta-Clarity BHA Drops. They combine both salicylic acid with retinol to boost cell renewal and target uneven tone, visible pores, and blemishes.
Next up you’ll need to consider a weekly treatment to boost your nightly serum's balancing, and take that complexion clarity to the next level. Daily cleansers and toners will give you that regular maintenance, but; "Using a chemical exfoliant that’s way more active and targeted two or three times weekly will really give you that step up your skin needs," explains Anna De La Cruz, Glo's VP of Product Development.
This is where Beta-Clarity Pro 5 Liquid Exfoliant works its magic. "Powered by five hydroxy acids at 10% concentration, this pro-strength exfoliant clarifies, refines, and helps brighten that stubborn post-blemish pigmentation. As a toner, it also boosts the efficacy of your serum and moisturizer," explains Anna.
OK, so now you’ve got your daily and weekly ritual set, you’ll want to add in the next level of exfoliation to see that truly transformational effect. "Our newest at-home peel has been crafted specifically with acne prone and oily skin in mind and harnesses all the power of our pro-level treatments into a formulation that’s safe and effortless for use at home," shares Anna.
"Clinically proven to improve skin texture, reduce oiliness, clear breakouts, and minimize the appearance of pores, meet the Beta-Clarity AHA Clarifying Peel. Infused with 20% mandelic acid, salicylic acid, and vitamin C, this at-home peel will be a game-changer in your clarifying ritual," she adds.
Whether to support and supplement any in-office treatments you’re doing or as a stand-alone treatment, perform this peel monthly while you’re experiencing breakouts or excess oil, then move to bi-monthly once your skin is clearer, to keep that clarity glowing strong.
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