By Dr. Sapna Westley 3-Minute Read
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“How often should I exfoliate my skin?”
From Dr. Sapna Westley, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City specializing in medical and cosmetic dermatology:
“It's a personal preference. Everybody's degree of irritation tolerance is different.
I usually recommend one to two times a week. But it depends on your skin: if people have more oily skin, they can handle it three or four times a week, especially in the summer when it's more humid. In the winter, when it's really dry, I usually recommend one to two times a week.
There are different forms of exfoliation. There's chemical exfoliation and then there's mechanical exfoliation. I tend to recommend chemical exfoliants rather than mechanical-scrub type exfoliants because those can be more abrasive and cause more dryness on the skin.”
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