Unconventional skincare advice: stop exfoliating (and why I did it)

While every brand is touting their latest and greatest exfoliant that promises to brighten, smooth, soften, and cure every disease under the sun, here I am boldly proclaiming “stop exfoliating!”

Author: Jenny Wu
Jenny Wu


Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Awesome post! Thank you for sharing. My skin is sensitive too and although I love the glow from exfoliating, I had a feeling that it might be too harsh for me.


Friday 29th of January 2021

stumbled on similar results myself, exfoliation is not bad but maybe not so often and not 3 times a week


Sunday 26th of April 2020

Hi Jenny, great content, thank you so much for the advice, I've been looking for this kind of content everwhere! Do you have a recommendation for a gentle face wash, just water doesn't work for me unfortunately. It leaves my skin with a dry and tight feeling :(


Sunday 26th of April 2020

Hi Elli, I really like the Cerave Hydrating Cleanser (reviewed here), which is what I used when my skin was sensitive from tretinoin. I'd start with their small bottle to see if it works for you before committing to the large bottle. Other gentle cleansers I like are the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, the H2O+ Hydration Sensitive Gel Cleanser, and the Holifrog Tashmoo Cleanser, but I honestly think you get the best value with the Cerave.

Another option you can try is cleansing with micellar water (which does need to be rinsed off afterwards!). The Bioderma Hydrabio (reviewed here was incredibly moisturizing and I actually used it as a morning cleanser.

No matter which one you try I hope it works for you!


Sunday 22nd of March 2020

This makes a lot of sense! When I was younger I almost obsessively exfoliated and think I did more harm than damage....I have found that coffee is good and works well for my skin type.


Friday 4th of May 2018

Thanks for your article, Indeed, too much peeling and exfoliator's ingrédients everywhere even masked into some skin care products claiming brightness and whitening. Results on sensitive skins are pretty bad such as atopy, redness, itching... We have to be careful on what we buy and try to decode ingredients list on each purchase. tough job but worth it !^^