Your skin is generating new cells all the time, as cells beneath your skin make their way to the surface, bringing with them moisture and lipids that keep your skin looking fresh and young, explains Best Health magazine. As new cells arrive, old ones are shed--but many of them remain on the surface of your skin, raising the question of how to remove dead skin cells.

" several methods can be used to remove dead skin cells. Loofahs and large-grain exfoliating scrubs can be used on body parts prone to roughness, such as heels or knees. Gentle exfoliants that use synthetic beads instead of sharp-edged grains are good for sensitive areas such as your face and arms. Chemical exfoliants--such as glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acid--work well in areas where consistency matters, such as your face.


Exfoliating dead skin cells has played a role in beauty rituals since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians made exfoliating scrubs with ground alabaster and pumice to rub away dead skin cells and refresh skin, according to Elle magazine.

Removing dead skin cells benefits your skin in a number of ways. Exfoliating prevents dead skin cells from clinging to the surface of your skin, where they could end up clogging hair follicles and causing acne. Getting rid of dead skin also promotes production of new, healthy cells, which makes fine lines and uneven skin tone less noticeable and gives skin a healthy glow.
Expert Insight

To remove dead skin cells and get maximum beauty benefits, Allure magazine recommends using a glycolic acid peel one or two times a week.It is recommends starting with the mildest formulation of glycolic acid you can find and checking for effects before you increase intensity. Some redness and a mild burning sensation are normal when you're using glycolic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells.

Though exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells that can lead to acne, using an exfoliating scrub that's too harsh can actually increase your acne attacks and cause your skin to become red and inflamed.

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