Friday, October 28, 2011

Organic or Chemical Exfoliating Products?

As a natural skin care practitioner you may often find yourself in the difficult situation of choosing optimal results or staying to true to your desire to keep nothing but naturals touching your face.

It’s a difficult situation for you. This especially true when it comes to exfoliating products, which have seen major scientific advances in recent years to improve their effectiveness while minimizing side effects.

Now you may want to stay true to your natural roots no matter what, but in doing so you very well may be missing out on more beautiful skin, while potentially setting yourself up for some potentially damaging side effects.

The Problem With Many Organic Exfoliating Products

It goes without saying that there are many benefits to utilizing organic exfoliating products. Nor is there any point in saying that organic exfoliating products don’t get result.

The problem is, many organic exfoliating products come in the form of a scrub containing ingredients that have a likelihood of causing intense facial irritation, and even worse, facial scaring.

How does this happen? It’s simple. Because your skin (or anyone’s skin) was not designed to take the abrasion that most organic exfoliating products use to remove the dead layer of skin cells that cause dull or rough skin appearance an irritation occurs.

Depending on your skin type and sensitivity, you could experience intense dryness, redness or at the far end, permanent scars.

Glycolic Acid: The Problem Solver

This scenario is in stark contrast to an experience one would find using a glycolic exfoliating product. Glycolic acid is the new standard being used by dermatologists across the world for in office facial peels and spot treatments.

Glycolic acid is stronger than salicylic acid, the once king of acne treatments, without the harsh side effects such as redden or dry skin.

This is due to the chemical makeup of glycolic acid that allows the percentage used during a treatment to be precisely controlled. Ensuring the right amount is used to remove the layer of dead skin cells on your face without any harsh side effects.

And unlike most organic exfoliating products, glycolic acid based exfoliants can be found in a multitude of application methods; exfoliating pads, creams and serums all exist.

Decisions, Decisions

Staying true to your skin care beliefs or change them to allow for you to realize more effect exfoliating products with less potential side effects?

It’s a question only you can answer. Hopefully this article helps you to consider whether or not glycolic exfoliating products are right for you.