Differences between exfoliation and chemical peeling
Regular skin renewal is essential. It's important to know which method to adopt: exfoliation or chemical peeling?
To have clear and smooth skin, exfoliation is essential. This is a mechanical process, cleaning with particles such as sugar. It differs from chemical peeling, whose process uses chemicals to induce skin peeling.
By exfoliation, we mean the elimination of dead cells that remain on the surface of the epidermis. This facial treatment is part of a good basic beauty routine to soften the skin and facilitate the absorption of moisturizing products applied later. It is recommended to exfoliate once a week to avoid weakening the epidermis and, thus, not disrupt the sebum production. In fact, this practice can damage the hydrolipidic film if done too frequently. When less protected, the skin becomes more vulnerable to external aggressions.
The exfoliant works thanks to its composition, but above all, the movements made with the fingers. Presented in the form of gel or cream, it contains particles that allow unclogging pores. To activate this effect, simply make circular movements, avoiding the eye area and adapting the massage to the skin's tolerance. This technique allows for deep cleansing, ideal for purifying and remedying minor imperfections such as blackheads. It also reactivates microcirculation and stimulates cellular regeneration. Regardless of the skin type, you should always choose a gentle, not too abrasive product that respects the natural balance of the epidermis.
For peeling skin, we let the chemical product do all the work, such as acids that cause chemical exfoliation. However, this is not an easy solution. Depending on the chosen degree, superficial, medium, or deep, the consequences for the skin can be radical. For example, the deepest "is extremely strong and must be performed in the operating room under anesthesia," explained plastic surgeon Alexandre Duvernois. This aggressive process is highly recommended for mature women, once or twice a year, to renew the skin and erase wrinkles. Peeling treatments, with a mild concentration, usually based on 10% glycolic acid, do not need to be performed by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. They are available and can be applied at home to eliminate dead skin and regain fresh skin. However, they remain aggressive and may not be suitable for sensitive skin. It is always essential to test them before applying them to the entire face.