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Exfoliation plays a key role in skincare. The process helps by getting rid of dead skin cells and cleaning your pores while reducing the appearance of acne, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Regular exfoliation also allows for better penetration of serums and moisturizers so that they work more effectively.
Still, there’s a right way and a wrong way to exfoliate your skin — especially delicate areas like your face. The coveted sugar scrub may help reduce dull skin on other parts of the body, but these types of scrubs are much too harsh for facial skin.
Consider other exfoliating alternatives for your face to help get rid of dead skin cells without causing irritation.
A sugar scrub consists of large sugar crystals. The idea is to massage these granules into your skin to remove debris and dead skin cells.
However, the rough nature of sugar scrubs makes them far too harsh for facial skin. They can create small tears in the skin and lead to damage, especially if you’re using regular sugar.
Using sugar scrubs on your face may lead to:
- scratches and wounds
These side effects apply not only to sugar scrubs you can buy at a store or online but to homemade scrubs, even if you use finer white and brown sugar granules. As a rule of thumb, sugar crystals ought to be avoided for the face entirely.
Unless you have preexisting irritation, sugar scrubs are generally safe to use on the body. They’re particularly useful for extremely dry, rough patches of skin on the elbows, knees, and heels. You may even use a sugar scrub on your hands to help prevent dryness.
Due to the rough texture of sugar crystals, you should avoid using sugar scrubs on any areas of irritation, wounds, and rashes. Sugar scrubs could further exacerbate these conditions.
Talk to a dermatologist if you experience any side effects after using a sugar scrub that fails to improve after a few days.
You should also avoid sugar scrubs if you have sensitive skin, eczema, or any inflammatory skin condition.