Over-exfoliating refers to exfoliating too frequently or using products that are too harsh for your skin type. This can strip away the natural oils from your skin, leading to irritation, dryness, and even damage to the skin barrier.

Using the Wrong Exfoliant

Not all exfoliants are suitable for every skin type. Chemical exfoliants might be better for some, while physical exfoliants suit others. Using the wrong type can cause adverse reactions like irritation or breakouts.

Not Moisturizing After Exfoliation

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, which can leave your skin feeling dry. Not following up with a moisturizer can exacerbate dryness and irritation, preventing your skin from achieving a healthy glow.

Exfoliating Active Breakouts

Exfoliating areas with active acne breakouts can worsen inflammation and lead to further irritation or spread of bacteria, which can prolong the healing process and cause more breakouts.

Ignoring the Neck and Chest

Many people focus only on exfoliating their face and neglect their neck and chest. These areas can also benefit from exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and improve skin texture and tone.

Exfoliating at the Wrong Time

Exfoliating at the wrong time, such as right before sun exposure, can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays. The best time to exfoliate is often at night or when you can follow up with proper sun protection.

Not Adjusting Exfoliation Frequency

Your skin's needs can change due to factors like season, age, or skin condition. Not adjusting the frequency of exfoliation can lead to either over-exfoliating or under-exfoliating, both of which can negatively impact skin health.