by Eden Univer, Teen Vogue
Have you ever wiped away pieces of dry skin just to see double the amount reemerge after a few seconds? It's slightly traumatizing to set off the seemingly endless cycle of flaking, but before you scrape your skin raw, try an exfoliator. If your skin is trying to shed itself, there's a reason--so don't fight it! These gels, creams, and pads are formulated specifically to remove just the excess dead skin cells, so you're left with baby-soft cheeks sans dry patches. And because dead skin is a major pore-clogger, you'll be beating breakouts as well!
"A gentle exfoliator will clean dirt and debris from your skin before it becomes trapped in your pores and attract acne-causing bacteria," says Eric Schweiger, M.D., dermatologist and founder of Clear Clinic. "Additionally, dead skin cells can make your face appear dull, so a gentle exfoliation can brighten and improve its tone."
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