If I’m using a daily light exfoliant product, do I still need the monthly peels?

Hello Dr.Irvin, Many thanks for your site which is the best there is! I'm using a daily chemical exfoliator(Skinceuticals Blemish + AGE). I am also due to have a regular monthly Obagi Blue Peel. Is there now any need to continue with using the daily exfoliator or will I over do it with both? Thank you so much!!

You’re welcome!!   This really depends on your skin type, age, other products etc.   Unless your skin is very oily, thick and/or acne prone, generally there is no need to do both a light, daily exfoliant like AHAs or retinoids PLUS monthly peels.

Many people over exfoliate now which also causes skin to look dry, dull and irritated.   When in doubt…….take a SKIN  REST week or two (Calvin – link to the sensitive skin section in the cart.).    Just use a gentle cleanser, a bland moisturzer and sunscreen and nothing else.   If your skin is suddenly looking much better a week into it – you have your answer!

Hope this helps, Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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