Skincare routines often include exfoliation. Whether you are a skincare veteran who's been dabbling with different methods since you were a tween or someone who's stuck with the same three-step system since college, your regimen probably calls for exfoliating on at least a somewhat regular basis. But, just because exfoliation plays a role in your skincare routine, does that mean you should exfoliate on a daily basis?
Well, exfoliation is crucial to properly washing your face — at least to some degree — as the process removes dead skin cells, dirt, grime, and makeup. According to Byrdie, exfoliating can do more than clean out your pores. It can even out your skin tone, encourage circulation, and so much more. However, it's possible to overdo it on the exfoliating — you know, too much of a good thing and all that. Here's everything — the good, the bad, and the ugly — that happens to your skin when you exfoliate every day.
One of the most common reasons people exfoliate is to help prevent breakouts. Whether you're fighting blackheads or whiteheads, you may assume that the more you scrub your face, the fewer episodes of acne you'll have. In a sense, that assumption is correct because exfoliants remove dead skin and oils that can cause a breakout.