You've run out of face scrub or your favorite chemical exfoliator, can you use a body scrub as a face scrub?
In the list of skin mishaps, this could definitely be one. Your skin on the rest of your body is way different from the skin in your face, and while all your skin needs exfoliation, over-exfoliation can lead to leaky skin, acne, irritation, redness, and swelling.
The particles in body scrubs tend to be larger than the ones used for your face. In fact, I prefer chemical exfoliation over physical. It is easier to control the effect of retinol on your complexion than face scrubs.
What you should take into account if you are going to use a physical exfoliator
if you are still going to give face scrubs a try you should take this into account:
- Make sure your face scrub has fine particles, and when you use it, massage your skin in circular motions with your fingertips applying very mild pressure.
- If you have used retinol, it is better not to exfoliate as you can make your skin too sensitive.
- Do not exfoliate more than once or twice a week as it can actually backfire and make your skin thicker and more acne-prone.
- Always follow up by using a hydrating face mask or a good moisturizer to store the lipids on your skin and strengthen the skin barrier function.