Looking Dull and Dry? Time to Remove your Dead Skin!

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You can have an ideal skincare routine and the best products, but there’s still no way you can escape dead skin cells. If you pay zero attention to them or make no efforts to remove them, it can affect your skin. Although the skin sheds dead skin cells automatically and replaces them with new ones at regular intervals of about 30 days. However, as we grow older, this process slows down. Meaning, older skin cells stay around for a longer time, making your skin look dull and dry.

How to Remove Dead Skin?

To get rid of dead skin, you need to understand the process of exfoliation. In this process, either a substance or a tool known as an exfoliator helps remove the dead skin. It is one of the easiest ways to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface to get a glowing and smooth look! They come in several forms, from brushes to chemical treatments. 

Types of Skin Exfoliation to Remove Dead Skin

Mechanical Exfoliation

It involves removing dead skin physically instead of dissolving it. People with normal to oily skin may benefit from this exfoliation as it is less gentle. In contrast, those with sensitive or dry skin should avoid mechanical exfoliation. 

Powders

These powders come as fine particles that absorb oil and remove dead skin too. You can mix it with some water and apply it to your face. Use less water to make a thicker paste because that can give you better results. 

Dry brushing

It uses soft bristles to brush dead skin cells away. You can use a small brush with natural bristles gently in circular motions on damp skin. 

Washcloth

Those with normal skin can try using a washcloth to remove dead skin. Wash your face and use a soft washcloth gently in small circles. 

Chemical Exfoliation

Contrary to the name, chemical exfoliation is a gentle process. However, you should strictly follow the instructions written on the product label to ensure safety.  

Alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs

AHAs are plant-based ingredients that aid in dissolving dead skin cells. People with normal to dry skin can find it beneficial. Some of the Common AHAs are as follows:

  •  glycolic acid
  •  lactic acid 
  • malic acid
  • citric acid

There are varied kinds of AHAs available. You can choose products that consist of one or a combination of AHAs. Though, if you are using it for the first time, it’s better to stick to just one AHA and notice how your skin responds. 

Beta Hydroxy Acids or BHAs

BHAs aid in removing dead skin cells by penetrating deep into the pores to unclog them. They are better suited for people with combination or oily skin. Even those who have acne scars or sun spots can use them. One of the most common BHA is none other than salicylic acid. 

Enzymes

Enzyme peels usually contain enzymes from fruits that take off dead skin cells. They may not reveal a fresh layer of skin as they do not increase cell turnover. Therefore, it is an ideal option for someone with sensitive skin. 

Tips That Can be Useful to Get Rid of Dead Skin

  • Depending on your skin sensitivity and needs, choose between a scrub or chemical exfoliator. 
  • Use gentle methods, specifically for the face.
  • When in doubt, it’s best to consult a dermatologist. Apply the product gently using a small, circular, upward motion. 
  • Avoid exfoliating if you have open cuts or wounds or if your skin is sunburned or extra sensitive. 
  • Exfoliating can be drying to the skin. So, always follow up with a suitable moisturiser. Apply it immediately after exfoliating to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
  • Avoid exfoliating the delicate skin around the eyes and lips.
  • Do not forget to wash your face clean before exfoliating.
  • Sunscreen is essential, but it turns out a bit more vital after exfoliating your skin. As the new layer of skin gets exposed after exfoliation, it can become sensitive to sunlight and sunburn. 

Point to be Noted

Always take a patch test before you plan to try any new product. Apply a small amount behind your ear or inside of your arm. If there’s no adverse reaction, you can use it. 

Away From Dead Skin, Time to Come Alive!!

It is crucial to opt for regular exfoliation if you wish to have smoother, clearer and softer skin. Take things slow rather than rushing; identify the kind of exfoliant and suitable products for you. Never skip applying a moisturiser and sunscreen later to protect your skin. You can talk to a dermatologist regarding any concerns or queries you may have related to dead skin removal.

FAQs

1. How to remove dead skin from legs?

There are two types of exfoliation – chemical and mechanical exfoliation. You need to choose what suits your skin. Remember to be gentle while exfoliating your legs or any other body part. Discuss with your dermatologist which type and products would be better for you. 

2. Is it bad to remove dead skin?

No, it isn’t bad at all to remove dead skin. Instead, not removing them can make your skin dry, dull, itchiness, prone to acne and give you an uneven skin tone. 

3. Does shaving legs remove dead skin?

Shaving the legs can indeed help remove the top most layer of dead skin cells along with hair. However, dead skin cells within your pores will require a proper method of exfoliation as explained in the blog above.

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Author

Dr Jisha Gomez

Dr Jisha Gomez

She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.

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