October 05, 2021 7 min read

Even the busiest man can find the time to take care of his skin. 

Skin care does not need to be complex to be effective. We have gone out of our way to construct an expert guide to easy men’s skincare routines. As part of this guide, we encourage weekly exfoliating. 

Removing dead skin from off of your face can make a big difference in your skin’s health and appearance. Today we will be explaining the different methods for removing dead skin cells and maintaining clear skin.

Why Remove Dead Skin?

Most of the time, our bodies naturally take care of dead skin cells for us. About every 30 days, our skin sheds dead skin cells, allowing for the healthy production of new ones on the epidermis. The epidermis is the thin outer layer of the skin. 

On occasion, however, our skin is unable to shed all of its dead cells and may require a little support in this process. It is essential to rid your face of dead skin because of the adverse effects that it can have on your skin’s health. 

An excess amount of dead skin on your face can result in dry skin, rough patches, and poor texture. Another important reason to get dead skin cells off your face is to avoid them getting clogged in your pores. 

Pores are openings that allow sebum to reach the surface of your skin. The buildup of oil, often in combination with dead skin cells and dirt or bacteria, will result in a blockage. This form of irritation is responsible for acne breakouts.

Methods For Removal

Lucky for you, the unwanted effects of clogged pores are typically avoidable. All you need to do is remove the dead skin from your face before it can cause any damage.

Exfoliating is a surefire way to rid your face of dead skin. It is a popular procedure for removing dead skin cells from the outer layers of your skin, increasing blood circulation, and brightening your appearance. The two main methods of exfoliation are mechanical and chemical.

Mechanical Exfoliation

Mechanical exfoliation is when you use a tool to remove dead skin cells from the epidermis. Two of the most commonly used tools are sponges and brushes. Sponges are considered a gentler method used in the shower. Meanwhile, bristle brushes can be designed for dry brushing or brushing in combination with a cleansing agent. Exfoliating gloves are also a popular option but are not commonly used on the face.

Chemical Exfoliation

Chemical exfoliation is when you use chemicals rather than tools to remove dead skin cells from the epidermis. Exfoliating products like scrubs, cleansers, toners, and tonics contain chemicals that buff away and dissolve dead skin cells. 

The main chemical component is typically BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) or AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids), such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Stronger products such as benzoyl peroxide, retinol, or prescription medications like retinoids are great options for combatting dead skin cell buildup, although they may be too harsh for sensitive skin. 

Understanding Your Skin Type 

The most secure way to select the safest exfoliation method for your skin is to base it on your skin type. 

Your skin type is determined by genetics and will influence your skin’s unique needs.

If you have dry skin, you may want to opt for chemical exfoliation. Mechanical exfoliation sometimes dries out the skin, so those with naturally dry skin may acquire microtears when using this method. Instead, you can try a chemical exfoliant with AHAs that encourages healthy skin turnover. 

Those with sensitive skin may also want to avoid mechanical exfoliation. This method may cause this skin type further irritation and redness. Instead, you should opt for a mild chemical exfoliator.

Mechanical exfoliation is good for treating oily skin. 

Oily skin has an extra layer of buildup that the strength of exfoliating mechanically may treat. If you have oily skin but decide to use a chemical exfoliant, you may require a stronger product.

A combination of mechanical and chemical exfoliation could be the best option for those with combination skin. 

Combination skin is both dry and oily and could benefit from having a chemical exfoliant applied with a tool or from alternating between methods.

Those with a normal skin type are generally able to select whichever method they like. Since they have no specific needs to target or sensitivities to avoid, both mechanical and chemical exfoliation is typically safe to use.

DIY Exfoliation

If you are looking to remove dead skin cells without the use of over-the-counter products or just want to save yourself a trip to the store, there are easy-to-make home remedies available. One of the most convenient solutions is to create a scrub using natural ingredients. Typically, you will make a product for removing dead skin from your face with products lying around your kitchen.

One option is to make an oatmeal scrub. The grainy combination of oatmeal, yogurt, and honey left on the face for ten to fifteen minutes and washed off with cool water can act as an effective exfoliator. 

Another option is to use the brown skin of avocado seeds. By grinding the seeds into a powder, mixing them with a tablespoon or two of honey and olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil, and leaving the rubbed mixture on for 15 minutes can remove both dead skin cells and excess sebum with consistent use. 

When making your scrub, you could also substitute brown sugar for avocado seed powder or add a drop or two of essential oils like lavender for added skin benefits.

A third option is to make an orange peel scrub. 

After peeling your orange, save the skin of the fruit and leave it to dry in the sun for a few days. Grind the peels into a powder and mix in an equal amount of yogurt. 

Leave the mixture on your face for about twenty minutes, and then rub it off with water in circular motions. Orange peels are rich in several essential nutrients, so it is effective as a scrub but can also help to rejuvenate.

Using DIY scrubs, creams, and lotions as part of your skin care routine can help you effectively exfoliate. Just be sure to rinse your mechanical exfoliants off and pat your skin dry with a soft towel to prevent irritation.

Professional Exfoliation

If you prefer to leave the exfoliating to the professionals, you can undergo a couple of professional exfoliating procedures.

A chemical exfoliating procedure for you to consider is a chemical peel. 

Chemical peels are facial treatments in which strong chemical solutions are applied to the skin to exfoliate deeply, fade discoloration, and stimulate the growth of new skin cells.

A common mechanical exfoliating procedure is dermabrasion. 

Dermabrasion is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a rotating device sands the outer layers of the skin so that it can grow back clearer and smoother than before. Similarly, dermaplaning uses a small scalpel to remove these outer layers, along with peach fuzz and dead skin cell buildup. 

While both chemical peels and dermabrasion are considered safe procedures when performed by professionals, it is encouraged that you discuss the treatments with a dermatologist beforehand to ensure that your skin type will respond well. 

Post-Exfoliation Treatment

After exfoliating your skin, you should be taking the necessary measures to ensure that your skin remains clear. In addition to keeping up your exfoliating practices, you will want to use the proper cleanser and moisturizer to support your skin’s health. Since exfoliation can leave your skin tender and vulnerable, you must use products that are gentle on your skin.

We recommend The Re(Set) Collection

The Re(Set) Collection is designed and formulated with ease and simplicity in mind. The set is made to balance both greasy and dry skin, reduce puffiness, eye bags, and blemishes, make your skin look younger, and protect it from the sun and blue light.

The Resetter is the ideal cleanser for post-exfoliation. It offers a deep but gentle, non-irritating cleanse. Unlike most cleansers filled with harsh chemicals that leave your skin dry and damaged, our cleanser is water-based and uses all-natural ingredients that leave you feeling refreshed after every wash. 

The Resetter is also formulated to help keep all that dead skin from harming your face by eliminating impurities from your pores and leaving the skin smooth without breaking down the skin’s moisture barrier, and maintaining its pH balance. This product also doubles as a shaving gel that gets rid of ingrown hairs.

The Refresher is the second step of the collection. This moisturizer restores and repairs your skin with complex nutrients. It is formulated with an antioxidant blend that fixes fine lines, boosts natural collagen production, treats uneven skin texture, including dark spots, and fights redness and hyperpigmentation.


Investing in the tools and exfoliants required to keep your skin clear is worth the confidence of a healthy-looking appearance. 

Ridding your skin of dead cells via exfoliation is essential for developing new ones and the radiant shine that comes with them. However you choose to exfoliate, whether it is mechanically with tools or chemically with a solution, removing old, flaky skin that sits upon the epidermis should leave your skin looking fresh and supple.

Still, it is important to remember to exfoliate with care and caution. This treatment option can result in damage to the skin if done incorrectly. Remember to consider your skin’s type, needs, and sensitivities when selecting your skincare product or method of choice. 

When first starting out, it is recommended that you start small. If your skin responds well, you are welcome to increase the strength and frequency of your exfoliating.

We advise you to consult with a professional dermatologist with any additional questions you may have.



Facial Pores: Definition, Causes, and Treatment Options | PubMed

How to safely exfoliate at home | AAD

Evidence and Considerations in the Application of Chemical Peels in Skin Disorders and Aesthetic Resurfacing | NCBI


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