Facial Brushing and Acne – Fight or Fright?

In the recent years, facial cleansing brushes have been the hyped up beauty apparatus in the market. People of different skin conditions are resorting to this seemingly magical brush that touts to make your skin feels clean and light after each use. It also seems to work better and faster at removing dirt, grime, sebum and other debris efficiently. Some people even use the brushes daily! 

Furthermore, these brushes offer its users the deep cleansing action to deliver a healthy glow and blemish-free complexion. But are these brushes fighting acne or frightening the skin? 

Whether it is a skincare breakthrough or simply just a fad, those with acne-prone skin should be aware of the positive and negative aspects associated with brushing before making a decision to add another element to your skincare ritual. 

Oily skin, excessive sebum and clogged pores are the absolute no-gos when it comes to preventing breakouts. One of the important aspects of skin care is keeping out the dead skin cells and excess sebum from clogging the pores. To keep the breakouts at bay and maintain a blemish-free skin, exfoliating your skin is a regular essential routine. Additionally, the power of the cleansing brush promotes blood flow and restoration of skin vitality. After each use, you can be sure to reveal a rosy glow, softer and smoother skin!

However, some people may experience breakouts after using these facial brushes. This is because of their skin type and condition that is the problem. It is a common misconception that using the brush to exfoliate as often as everyday in a week could prevent breakouts from happening. True enough, as mentioned earlier, brushing sure does help, but only do it 1-2 times a week depending on your skin type. Therefore, it is recommended that you check with a skincare professional for the regime suitable for your skin type. 

Brushing your face too often would frustrate and irritate the skin further that results in premature aging skin. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t want to look like 40 when you’re only in your early-30s! The circular motion of the brush head that sloughs away dead skin may end up clogging the pores instead. For cystic acne, the brushing will only aggravate the existing cysts by allowing more bacteria to enter the pores. 

As important as it is to include exfoliating using a brush as an extra element to your skincare routine, you must know your skin well enough first. Your skin is like your loved ones. You love them and wouldn’t want to introduce them to anyone or anything harmful, isn’t it? The same goes for exfoliating. If you’re unsure about your skin type, condition or usage routine, do check with a skincare professional to provide you with proper guidance on your journey to achieving and perfecting your skin!

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