Is it OK to exfoliate a rash?

Exfoliation may cause temporary relief, but it can actually incite long-term skin damage, Davis says — especially for children and the elderly, who have more sensitive skin.

Should I exfoliate if I have a rash?

Eczema and exfoliation is a touchy subject. Because eczema is characterized by a dry, itchy rash that can blister and weep, many people think exfoliation will irritate this common condition. But others believe exfoliation is an essential part of eczema care. It turns out that both are valid points.

Should you exfoliate dry irritated skin?

Exfoliation is important for dry or flaky skin. Avoid mechanical exfoliation on dry skin, because the process is drying and it can lead to microtears. AHAs are effective for dry skin. Glycolic acid will help remove dead cells sitting on the surface of the skin and encourage healthy skin turnover.

Can you exfoliate broken skin?

When your skin has recovered, start by exfoliating once a week. And if you don’t experience any issues, work your way up from there. But stick to either a physical exfoliant or a chemical exfoliant.

Can scrubbing cause rashes?

“On the contrary, it is wrong to scrub dry flaky skin as this will disrupt the barrier function of skin making it extremely sensitive. Moisturise with a coconut milk-based moisturiser if you have flaky skin. Scrubbing will cause post inflammatory hyperpigmentation leading to darkening of blemishes,” she avers.

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Will exfoliating help heat rash?

Avoid scrubbing the area

Exfoliation may cause temporary relief, but it can actually incite long-term skin damage, Davis says — especially for children and the elderly, who have more sensitive skin.