How To Exfoliate Your Skin - SkinMiles South Africa

How To Exfoliate Your Skin

How to Find the Best Exfoliant

Exfoliation has been given a bad name as typically we associate this with hard granular scrubs or harsh brushes.

It is very true that you need to avoid these at all costs as they damage the natural skin barrier, impair the natural function of the outer skin mantle and they upset the normal pH balance of the skin. All of this results in an inflamed unhappy skin that leads to excessive oil or sebum production, sensitive skin, dull, dry, or flaky skin; clogged, enlarged pores, blackheads, white bumps or milia, wrinkles, and/or breakouts such as acne lesions.

The Importance of Correct Exfoliation:

  1. Remove the build-up of dead skin cells
  2. Unblock pores
  3. Reduce breakouts
  4. Smooth wrinkles
  5. Increase skin glow

Which Exfoliants to Look For:

Very simply we need to choose cleansers that contain:

  1. AHA (alpha hydroxy acid such as glycolic and lactic acids)
  2. BHA (beta hydroxy acid or salicylic acid)

Each exfoliant has its own unique indication and specific skin condition and skin concern uses:

AHAs Are Indicated For:

  1. Sun or UV damaged skin
  2. Non oily or non-acne prone skin

BHAs Are Indicated For:

  1. Oily and acne prone skin
  2. Skin with enlarged or visible pores
  3. Those that suffer from sensitised skin or rosacea skin conditions

For Our Full List Of:

  1. Cleansers click here
  2. Acne treatments click here
  3. Safe exfoliants click here

At the end of the day exfoliating with an AHA or BHA does not negatively affect your skin (in fact the opposite is true) or the deeper layers of the skin. AHA and BHA ingredients do not penetrate further than the most outer layer of the skin or further than the depth of a pore. Furthermore AHA and BHA exfoliants do not thin the skin even with regular twice daily use.

If you still find yourself a bit confused about which exfoliant to choose from (AHA versus BHA) please contact our SkinMiles Customer Care Experts for a personalized telephonic skincare consultation or take our Face2Face Skin Assessment with personal recommendations from Dr Alek Nikolic.

Kind regards

Samantha Nikolic


  • sophia ,

    hi dr alek and thank you for explaining the details of exfoliation – it is a great help to me

    • Dr Alek Nikolic ,

      Hi Sophia it was my pleasure. There are too many people who literally scrub there face with granular washes which is not good for their skins or for their skin regimes. The skin has as pH balance that needs to be maintained and unfortunately excessive washing or scrubbing will unbalance this delicate mantle. All our cleansers are specific for certain skin types and will give the best exfolaition for the skin. Kind regards Dr Alek Nikolic

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