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August 20 2014

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

My facialist always tells me that I should be exfoliating more. I want to know why and how often I should be doing it—on my face? On my body? Both?

Face and body. If your skin is not turning over—i.e., the dry skin cells called squames are not falling off—they can form a plug on your pore where oil forms behind it. If you’re exfoliating, you can keep your pores unclogged and prevent acne. The Clarisonic Skin Care Brush is great for controlled exfoliation. It has a timer on it, so you can make sure you’re not overexfoliating. It’s like using an electronic toothbrush, but on your skin (once you use it, you never go back!). Kanebo makes a good skin-peeling powder, too. Otherwise, it’s best to avoid things with crushed nuts and seeds because the edges can be uneven and they can actually be traumatic to the skin.

A certified member of the American Board of Dermatology and the National Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Lisa Airan takes a holistic approach to aging and beauty, specializing in cosmetic dermatology combined with counseling in the areas of stress, exercise, diet, and spirituality.

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