Exfoliating your skin is an important part of any skincare routine. It helps remove dead skin cells that can clog pores, leading to breakouts or dry skin. Exfoliation also helps promote cell turnover, which improves the appearance and texture of the skin. There are two types of exfoliation: mechanical and chemical.
Mechanical exfoliation involves using a scrub or brush with rough particles to physically remove the top layer of dead skin cells. This type of exfoliation is most effective on normal to oily skin types because it is more abrasive than chemical exfoliators. It should be used gently, as too much pressure can irritate the skin and strip away protective oils.
Chemical exfoliation uses acids to dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells, making it easier to remove them. This type of exfoliation is gentler than mechanical exfoliation and works well on all skin types. Common acids used for chemical exfoliation include alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid. At Fort we are much bigger fans of mechanical exfoliation, but using micro exfoliants that are softer on the skin, in addition we don't include nasty chemicals that could irritate or dry out the skin. Although generally chemical exfoliation is considered less harsh, this completely depends not he product and its potency. At Fort we don't like chemicals, and much prefer mechanical exfoliation as often theWhy use of chemicals can lead to other skin issues, like dryness or irritation.
It's important to remember that everyone has different skin types and needs when it comes to skincare, it's not one size fits all! And remember...exfoliating too often or using products that are too harsh can damage your skin and lead to irritation or breakouts.