What Happens When You Scrub Too Much

What Happens When You Scrub Too Much

Have you ever looked up the word scrub? The most basic definition is, “to rub hard in order to clean, as in: scrubbed the floor.” However, you may also notice that there is a slang definition of the word scrub. According to the Oxford Dictionary, scrub was a term used commonly in the early 19th century to describe, “A mean insignificant fellow, a person of little account or poor appearance, or a disreputable woman, a prostitute, a tart.” Apparently this is because people who fit this definition were often employed as dish washers, or scrubbers of dishes.

Nowadays, we have yet another, unrelated definition of the word: the facial scrub. Many women sing the praises of the facial scrub as the path to newly rejuvenated skin. However, there is such a thing as over scrubbing. Let’s look at the symptoms.

Skin Dryness
When your skin starts flaking, you know you’ve been over scrubbing. The result? Dry, tight skin. Fix it by following up your daily scrub by applying moisturizer immediately after, immediate being the keyword.

With dryness may come itchiness. Overly dry skin can cause nasty rashes. When you feel the itch, don’t scratch! You’re better off rubbing gently with the palm of your hand. Follow with a soothing balm.

No one likes to be red. Redness means that your skin has actually started to thin, increasing the chances of infection. While scrubbing removes the dead skin from your face, over scrubbing removes the healthy layer as well. If your skin is reddening, skip the scrubs for a while and also avoid toners that will irritate vulnerable skin.

Skin Becomes Sensitive
If you notice your skin has become more likely to break out in reaction to skin care products and makeup, it may be due to over scrubbing. Scrubbing makes micro tears on the skin and, if you over scrub, your skin may not be able to heal properly. If this is the problem, let up on the scrubbing until your skin heals and use some milder skin care products in the interim.

Dry skin is prone to bacteria attacks. Those micro tears in your skin act like open channels allowing bacteria to penetrate and cause damage. If you are noticing zits, forego granulated scrubs for non abrasives like salicylic acid. Salicylic acid will also help to speed the disappearance of acne.

Rules of Scrubbing
Scrub with a light hand, and avoid scrubbing one part of the body for over a minute. If you have dry skin, steer clear of products that contain peeling acids that will upset your skin’s pH level and scrub no more than twice a week.

Are you an over scrubber? Tell us your horrific tales of over scrubbing!

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