At What Age to Start Exfoliating? Video

Dr. Schultz believes that exfoliation is an integral part of almost every skincare regimen. But at what age should you begin to exfoliate? In this episode, Dr. Schultz answers exactly that question.
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At What Age to Start Exfoliating? Hello! I am Dr. Neal Schultz and welcome to DermTV. I believe that exfoliants were the second most important skin care product that you need to use and obviously, the first is sun sunscreen. We know that we start using sunscreen as soon as we are exposed to the sun but when do you start to use exfoliants? I generally say early teenage years around 13 to 15. Exfoliation is the removal of dead cells from the skin. These are dead cells that have accumulated and retained and they should have fallen off. It can occur either on the surface of the skin or affects the texture of the skin or actually in the individual pores where it contributes to acne. By teenage years, exfoliation is important because the exfoliants actually remove those dead cells that are causing the clogs in the pores and by doing that, it not only prevents acne but it also can cure it. By the time you get into your early 20s, whether you have acne or not, by early 20s, the surface cells are starting to make mistakes and they are starting to be retained and that contributes toward dull texture and even at that early age may affect the way make-up lays. So, certainly by teens and 20s, you need to use exfoliants and you are going to need to use exfoliants and you are going to need to use them for the rest of your life. I believe exfoliants are part of just normal hygiene like using sunscreen and brushing your teeth. Please join me again at DermTV.com. If you have a question, please send it to me by visiting DermTV.com/question. I am Dr. Neil Schultz and thank you for watching today

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