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How often should I use an exfoliant on my face if I have very dry skin? What is the best one for dry, acne prone skin?

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Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology

In brief: Dry facial skin

Skin becomes dry when there is an impaired skin barrier that lets moisture escape.
When the skin is exfoliated, more of that barrier is removed, so the skin actually becomes drier. Gentle cleansers that do not scrub are best for dry skin, even skin that is acne-prone. There are also acne products that don't dry the skin as well.

In brief: Dry facial skin

Skin becomes dry when there is an impaired skin barrier that lets moisture escape.
When the skin is exfoliated, more of that barrier is removed, so the skin actually becomes drier. Gentle cleansers that do not scrub are best for dry skin, even skin that is acne-prone. There are also acne products that don't dry the skin as well.
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