Over-Exfoliated Skin: What It Is & How to Combat It

They say you can never have too much of a good thing, but the overuse of cell-scrubbing cleansers, deep-cleaning face wash, toners, and serums can wreak havoc on your face. While exfoliation is a great way to unveil fresh, radiant skin, there is such a thing as exfoliating a bit too much and too often.

What Is Over-Exfoliation?

One of the biggest mistakes people make when caring for their skin is washing, cleaning, and exfoliating too frequently. Ideally, experts recommend exfoliating only once or twice per week. Any more, and you may be wiping away healthy skin cells and natural oils, which can expose new skin prematurely.

With this in mind, it’s relatively easy to tell if you have over-exfoliated skin. Some of the signs of over-exfoliation include:

  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Dryness
  • Peeling
  • Inflamed Skin
  • Breakouts
  • Skin Tightness/Tautness

Rebuild Your Routine

If you notice signs of over-exfoliation in your skin, start by taking stock of your skin care routine. Which products are you using? How often? Depending on the level of irritation and sensitivity, it may be best to stop exfoliating completely and see a dermatologist or esthetician for guidance.

After you’ve given your skin a bit of a break, you can start rebuilding your skin care routine from the ground up. Embrace your natural beauty with gentle exfoliating products like our Reveal Foam Facial Wash.

         Reveal Foam Facial Wash in water

This gentle exfoliating facial wash provides superior results when used just two times a week. When used properly, your previously over-exfoliated skin will experience the benefits of exfoliation done right: cell regeneration, unclogged pores, and removal of toxins. Wash away the signs of over-exfoliation with a soft fruit acid foam designed to leave skin revitalized and refreshed.

If your skin is prone to irritation, you need to be mindful of the ingredients you’re using to care for it. Where other exfoliators might use chemicals like salicylic acid or harsh abrasives like microbeads (which not only cause micro-fissures in the skin but end up in our oceans as pollutants), Ayr Skin Care uses gentle glycolic and lactic acids derived from apples and citrus.

Gentle Exfoliation for Sensitive Skin

Winter Mint Body Polish with a floral and glittery background

Part of the reason exfoliation is trending in the beauty community is because of how it makes your skin feel. If you have a rough texture to your skin or deal with sensitivity—especially during the winter months—you might be searching for smoother, softer skin. But many of the products that promise these results, as mentioned above, contain harsh ingredients that do more harm to sensitive skin than good.

If you’re looking for another super-gentle exfoliant that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils, our Winter Mint Body Polish is a perfect choice. This unique vegan body scrub gently buffs away dead skin cells and minimizes the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, and ingrown hair.

Adding to the experience is a moisturizing blend of Mallow extract, Fair Trade butters, and natural oils that soften and condition your skin. Aromatherapeutic peppermint oil rounds everything out, enhancing the senses and rejuvenating your mind and body.

Restore & Protect Over-Exfoliated Skin


It’s safe to conclude that the signs of over-exfoliation can be combated and avoided with the proper care, and you’re in capable hands with our high-quality skin care products. If you have questions about exfoliation or your skin’s needs, we’re happy to help! Get in touch with our team at info@ayrskincare.com to learn more.

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