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Dr. Lisa Airan On Scratching The Surface

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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.

Is it true that exfoliants with granules are too harsh for the face and that the best exfoliants are chemical or enzyme-based?

Granules like crushed nuts and seeds can be uneven and traumatic for use on the face. Chemical and enzymatic exfoliants like glycolic cleansers and prescription-only 2 percent salicylic acid solutions can achieve the same results with less skin damage, e.g., broken blood vessels, etc. I am a fan of Kanebo’s Silk Peeling Powder, which starts as a granule but has a measured dose of active ingredients that dissolve in water so there are no sharp edges. Deeper chemical peels offered at doctors’ offices are really the best way to go, however. I recommend going to your doctor for a lactic acid peel, even just twice a year. It will make a real difference.

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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