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Viewpoint: Exfoliation: Right or Wrong?

Ben Johnson, MD August 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
facial involving exfoliating mask

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Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of Skin Inc. magazine.

The entire professional skin care industry has grown dramatically around anti-aging skin care products and treatments. I also think people would agree that skin has continued to age, despite well-intentioned efforts. Are we using the right ingredients? Are the ingredients getting to the right places in order to actually have an anti-aging effect?

The aging process

First, take a look at the aging process of the skin. Even though the dermis thins as people get older, the epidermis doesn’t, regardless of age or sun exposure. The body is designed to continuously replace epidermal layers because a thinned epidermis could let in infection or result in fluid loss, both of which are life-threatening. The only aspect of the epidermis that is significantly affected by age is its rate of turnover.

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