Stop exfoliating if you want to get rid of acne

It's a misconception to think that exfoliating or other skin resurfacing techniques are going to improve the texture of your skin.

Have you ever tried to exfoliating to improve the texture of your skin? Or maybe you've even tried other skin resurfacing techniques, like microdermabrasion or laser treatments. If so, you're not alone—this is one of the most common myths about how to get rid of acne.

The skin has a protective, outer layer known as the acid mantle. It helps protect the delicate layers underneath and prevents dirt and bacteria from gaining excess and causing acne.

Exfoliation and other skin resurfacing techniques damage this protective outer layer of the skin living at vulnerable to due to in bacteria and making it difficult for the skin to retain moisture.

Similar to ripping off a scab too early, exfoliation and resurfacing techniques expose immature skin cells to the environment before they are able to defend against dirt and bacteria.

So to improve acne, look for products that support the health of your skin - and be patient. It takes around 30 days for the skin cell cycle to renew. This means it can take up to 30 days for new cells to make their way to the surface of your skin.

Whilst that might seem like a long time, remember that this represents a return to the overall health of your skin. It's not a quick fix that may only last a few days, and once you've restored the health of your skin you no longer need to worry about dealing with random breakouts or covering up unsightly acne. Once you've mastered this you will understand your skin and your skin will be healthy enough to quickly recover from any passing skin concern that may arise.