Learn How Exfoliation Helps Your Skin

No doubt you’ve heard about how exfoliation helps your skin. But what exactly is exfoliation? Simply put, it’s the removal of dead skin cells that collect on the outer surface of the skin, usually by buffing with some type of abrasive substance.

According to Discovery Fit and Health, your skin sheds 30,000 to 40,000 dead cells per minute, and if you don’t remove these dead skin cells, dirt and debris can become trapped in your pores and cause or worsen acne. Dead cells that have been on the surface of your skin are also duller and dryer than the newer cells underneath.

There are two types of exfoliants: physical scrubs such as sugar, oatmeal and sea salt, and chemical scrubs such as alpha-hydroxy acids and salicylic acid, which are typically used as acne medication.

Most experts recommend exfoliating your skin 2-3 times a week; doing so more often can cause dryness. And just those two or three exfoliations will benefit your skin in the following ways:

  • Exfoliating keeps the skin soft and radiant.
  • It removes pore-clogging dirt and oil; this helps control acne.
  • Exfoliating speeds up your skins natural renewal process.
  • It helps your moisturizer penetrate deeper into the skin.
  • Exfoliating evens out the skin tone.

Regular skin exfoliation is one of the easiest—and least expensive—things you can do at home to keep your skin looking young and vibrant, but professional skin exfoliation treatments are also available.

At Privy Skin Care in Las Vegas you can choose from a variety of exfoliating treatments, from basic facials to microdermabrasion and skin peels. Privy carries Rhonda Allison Skin Nutrition products, which expertly blend science and nature to create a number of exfoliation scrubs and lotions, including one made specifically for the eyes.

If you’re in the Las Vegas area, contact us at 702-496-2066 or go to to book an appointment in our tranquil spa, where you’ll also find relaxing body treatments.