Can Exfoliating Help Acne-Prone Skin?

Can Exfoliating Help Acne-Prone Skin?

Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells. Any product or procedure that reduces the build-up of dead cells on the skin is said to be exfoliating. Our bodies use a natural process called desquamation to shed these dead cells. Unfortunately, people with acne-prone skin can’t depend entirely on the body’s shedding process.

People with acne-prone skin can help that process along by using an exfoliation mitt, chemical exfoliator, or another exfoliant. Regular exfoliation not only reduces breakouts by removing this clutter from our pores, but also works to smooth, soften, and brighten the skin.

Thousands of exfoliating products exist. These can be broadly categorized as “chemical” and “physical” exfoliants. Chemical exfoliation uses acids and enzymes to loosen the bond between dead cells and our living skin. Physical exfoliation methods use an abrasive agent and friction to do the same.

Chemical Exfoliants & Acne-Prone Skin

Common chemical exfoliants like AHA, NHA, and retinoids work by breaking the bonds that hold skin cells together. This forces the top layers of the skin to shed. The skin underneath is fresh and regenerated – appearing smoother, with improved tone, and a reduction in signs of aging.

But chemical exfoliants aren’t right for every skin type. They’re known to dry the skin. They also leave the skin more vulnerable to sun damage. As a result, users tend to also require moisturizer and SPF protection.

Physical Exfoliants & Acne-Prone Skin

Physical exfoliants are designed to remove dead skin cells using an abrasive agent. Scrubs containing gritty ingredients are physical exfoliants. Professional microdermabrasion services rely on the use of a physical exfoliant.

The benefits of physical exfoliation include an increase in collagen, the removal of impurities from pores, and an improved look and texture. A physical exfoliation treatment, in the form of an exfoliation mitt or other organic exfoliator, can also minimize the appearance of fine lines.

But people with acne-prone skin are wary to use a physical exfoliant. These products typically use scrubbing along with an abrasive to clear the skin. This can add to the irritation of acne-prone skin.

MicrodermaMitts –  An Exfoliator for Oily or Acne-Prone Skin

The MicrodermaMitt is a 100% natural, dermatologist-recommended and hypoallergenic physical exfoliation tool that’s ideal for use with acne-prone skin. The MicrodermaMitt uses water and a non-abrasive surface to clear the skin of dead cells.

MicrodermaMitt’s unique design allows it to clean deeper than other mitts, gloves, scrubs, and brushes without further irritating the skin.

As a non-invasive exfoliation mitt without any chemicals or abrasive agents, it’s practically designed for people with difficult skin who want the many benefits of physical exfoliation without the additional soreness and inflammation that comes with it.

MicrodermaMitts use specially-woven floss to prevent irritation or abrasion. This proprietary tech gives MicrodermaMitts a huge advantage over facial scrubs, body scrubs, loofahs, and dry brushing. The mitt captures dead skin cells, shedding them to reveal the healthier and smoother skin underneath.


Overuse of chemical exfoliants can lead to irritation. Some users with acne-prone skin report increased breakouts when using these products. Others report peeling skin when using a chemical exfoliator.

Most physical exfoliants are too damaging to the skin for use on oily skin. Using MicrodermaMitts, users report smoother and brighter skin after one use, all with just a little water and a soft mitt.