When should you not do a scrub?

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The positive effects of mechanical exfoliation have long been acknowledged by many beauty professionals. Most dermatologists agree that home peeling should be done at least once a week to get rid of dead skin cells. However, there are certain situations where scrubbing, instead of helping, can only make your skin worse.

7 contraindications to peeling

Although on the market you can find a variety of scrubs differing in both the method of application, as well as composition, in some cases it does not matter whether it will be a chemical or enzymatic scrub better use it, to preserve the good condition of our skin

  1. Immediately after shaving

Our skin immediately after shaving is irritated and requires some regeneration before scrubbing. All due to the fact that shaving with a razor not only removes unwanted hair but also a part of our epidermis. All epilators also irritate the skin, because, directly they pull out the hair with the bulb. That’s why it’s best to exfoliate just before shaving to get rid of dirt, dead skin and to soften hairs, while after epilating you should wait at least 24 hours before doing an exfoliating treatment.

  1. If you have very sensitive skin

Thin and sensitive skin is very prone to any irritation. Exfoliating this type of skin is very difficult because if the product is too strong it can make your skin look worse or worse, cause irreversible changes. If you do decide to use a scrub on sensitive skin, make sure you learn about the product’s properties beforehand and use it very gently.

  1. When you go sunbathing

Skin is much more susceptible to UV rays after exfoliation, which can easily lead to sunburn. Excessive tanning causes many skin diseases that threaten not only our health but even life. Therefore, after exfoliating the skin should be applied appropriate sunscreen to protect our skin, and if we need a tan, we can confidently use a wide range of self-tanners, before the use of which peeling is even advisable.

  1. If you have acne-prone skin

Any exfoliation of the epidermis in case of acne complexion may worsen its condition and lead to the appearance of inflammatory conditions. Mechanical peelings in case of such skin changes are definitely not recommended as they carry bacteria and cause aggravation of acne. Chemical peelings can also negatively affect our skin and irritate it additionally. That is why with acne-prone skin it is best to choose a suitable peeling at a dermatologist who will directly select a product according to our skin type.

  1. In case of sunburns

Unprotected skin that is exposed to UV radiation usually turns very red. This is a sign of sunburn, which often has a very negative effect on our health. Sunburned skin is very sensitive, which makes it inadvisable to perform on it peeling. Such treatment would be very painful and could additionally damage the skin

  1. If you have skin prone to allergies

Both mechanical and enzymatic peelings have a very high content of allergens. The occurrence of an allergy after the use of cosmetics can have a very negative impact on the condition of our skin and health. That is why people prone to skin allergies should carefully read the composition before using any peeling and perform an allergy test on a small and invisible part of the body.

  1. Day by day

Daily exfoliation of the epidermis acts very negatively on the condition of our skin. After each such procedure, the skin needs enough time to regenerate any micro-damage caused during such treatment. When we do not give our skin a rest, then we can acquire large irritations, redness, and even damage the structure of our skin. Excessive exfoliation also causes a faster build-up of dead skin.


Peelings are necessary for the proper appearance of our skin, but the above-mentioned rules should be followed so that the effect is not opposite to the expected one. The skin needs time to regenerate and definitely better affect it skipping the exfoliation procedure than its excessive use. It should also be remembered that we are not always able to perform such a procedure yourself and sometimes it is worth going for this purpose to the cosmetologist or use professional advice of a dermatologist.

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