Minneapolis-based board-certified dermatologist, Jenny Liu, MD, FAAD, adds that most people can benefit from mild resurfacing products usually a few times weekly, depending on the skin type and concern. But these products are particularly great for oily and combination skin types.
You just want to be careful about which products you use and tailor them to your specific skin type and needs. “For example, darker skin types are often more susceptible to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and require a slower, more gradual approach to evening skin tone to avoid unwanted complications from skin resurfacing like hyperpigmentation,” Rhee says. “In lighter skin types, post-inflammatory erythema or redness can look like dark spots. If you mistake the difference and treat these areas too aggressively, it can lead to unwanted or persistent dark spots.”
If you have sensitive skin, Connecticut-based board-certified dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, recommends being very particular about the products you use. Test a product on a patch of skin first before applying it to your whole face, and if you notice extreme irritation or a bad reaction, stop using it and consult with a dermatologist.
And if you’re on prescription medications for your skin, Vibrant Dermatology and SkinBar MD owner Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ia, MD, FAAD, advises that you should consult with your dermatologist first to make sure that the resurfacing products you plan on using will be compatible with your prescription products.