The Power of Exfoliation: How to Incorporate this Key Step into Your Skincare Routine

Amir Karam MD Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Founder / Creator of KaramMD Skin

Dry skin must be removed to allow the new, healthy skin cells to come through. Exfoliation removes these cells from the outermost layer of skin and helps promote cell turnover for a brighter, fresher appearance.

If you follow KaramMD on Instagram, you may have seen this reel where I talked about the science behind exfoliation and why you should incorporate it into your skincare routine.

What causes dull skin

Cell renewal is a natural process that forms new skin cells, pushing dead cells to the surface. If these cells aren’t removed, they can build up and create dull, rough skin. Some other common causes of dull skin include:

  • Age

  • Lifestyle

  • Environmental toxins

  • Dead skin buildup

While dull skin can be concerning, you can regain your healthy glow and look younger by incorporating exfoliation into your skincare routine.

Think about an onion: that top layer of skin is dry and dull, but once you peel back the first layer, it’s shiny and glistening. Now, think about your skin as an onion; sometimes, you need to exfoliate away that dead top layer of skin. Doing so reveals brighter-looking skin while opening up your pores and letting them decongest.

Exfoliation: mechanical, chemical, and physical

Exfoliation improves cellular turnover, skin circulation, and product absorption. There are three main methods for exfoliation:

  • - Mechanical, which uses a machine or device to resurface the skin, such as microdermabrasion and light lasers
  • - Chemical, which uses enzymes and acid-based products to dissolve the protein bonds between dead skin cells
  • - Physical, which uses a coarse scrub to physically buff the skin’s surface and remove dead cells

The Power of Polish

KaramMD Polish is our enzymatic resurfacing treatment that contains highly effective actives and skin-supporting botanicals doses for continual results. Paired with the Trifecta or your daily skincare routine, you can renew and revitalize your skin for long-term hydration with this at-home treatment.

Polish uses ultra-fine powders designed to gently buff away the top layer of dead, dull skin cells to achieve a fresh-faced, radiant appearance instantly. While Polish is being applied, it is disgesting the dead skin cells and dull layers of the skin, resulting in a bright, smooth effect.

A smooth, radiant complexion is achieved with the following ingredients:

  • Papain

  • Oryza sativa (rice)

  • Camellia sinensis (matcha)

  • Bambusa vulgaris (bamboo) stem

  • Coco Nucifera (coconut) milk

Regular use of Polish or any good exfoliator helps to promote long-term hydration and a smooth, glowing complexion. Polish is a favorite for many people because it achieves immediate, radiant results; I recommend using it to exfoliate regularly, about 2-3 times a week.

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