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I was just wondering if excessive exfoliation could contribute to break outs? I have been exfoliating with the apricot St. Ives stuff every other day and then using that Loreal microdermabrasion kit (strong exfoliant) 2 days a week. I never use both products on the same day. I have noticed a huge reduction in blackheads overall and improved skin appearance but I'm having a real problem on my chin and above my lips. I'm wondering if this could be temporary because I'm "unearthing" a lot of yuck or if my exfoliation could be a bit much for this particular part of my face. Have any of you had this kind of experience before? My skin is quite oily in my T-zone and pretty normal to oily everywhere else. Thanks for any help you can give me!
The St. Ives apricot scrub is pretty harsh, I think. I heard that when you exfoliate with anything that scratchy that you actually make tiny abrasions all over your face that are prone to infection. I like using those "daily facial" cloths - especially the olay one that is formulated for acne prone skin.
Also keep in mind that if you are using a scrub or washcloth while you have a current breakout you are transfering the bacteria from the breakout to other areas of your face and that can also spread acne. For active breakouts you must cleanse very gently.

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