exfoliating pads

Exfoliating Pads

April 14, 2021

Ain't nobody got time for acne.

Am I right? Acne is stubborn, annoying, and can really affect your confidence! And although a LOT of different things can contribute to acne, such as diet, hormones, genetics, and medical conditions, there are a few things we can do to manage it and get it under control! The biggest thing that can help improve acne is using the proper skincare products to really address this pesky condition.

My top suggestion for acne is our A|N Exfoliating Pads. These pads are incredible for breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads, mask acne, congestion and oil! They gently exfoliate the skin to remove dirt and debris from deep down in the pores, which can help alleviate and heal acne faster. 

So what does "exfoliation" have to do with acne? And what is found in these pads that help acne so much? Well, let's start with exfoliation and what that even means! In simple terms, exfoliation means the removal of dead skin cells. An exfoliant, such as an Exfoliating pad, reduces the amount of dead cell build-up on the skin.

Now, our skin naturally sheds dead skin cells through a process calls Desquamation (sounds fancy!). But, in people who experience acne, this process tends to not work as effectively, therefore dead skin cells get trapped and cause congestion. This plugs up the pores and then can lead to whiteheads, blackheads, acne, and congestion, thanks to trapped skin cells and sebum (oil).

Now, there are two types of exfoliants: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliants are things like scrubs for example. They physically exfoliate the skin. Now, to be honest, I don't LOVE this type of exfoliant to be used daily, as it can often irritate the skin or inflame acne more. This is why I prefer chemical exfoliants, aka Exfoliating pads! Chemical exfoliation is where the skin sloughs dead cells, thanks to acids or enzymes that improve the skin. These acids and enzymes loosen the skin cells that need to say bye bye, and help unclog pores and remove dirt and debris.

My personal favorite acids that do an impressive job of exfoliating the skin include: alpha hydroxy acids, and beta hydroxy acids or AHAs and BHAs. AHAs include things like glycolic acid and lactic acid, and BHAs include salicylic acid. All 3 of these ingredients are found in the AN Exfoliating pads, which help clear out pores.

A few other mentionable ingredients in these pads include Beta Glucan and Allantoin. Beta Glucan helps speed up wound healing (aka heals acne faster!), reduces skin irritation and redness, soothes the skin, and plumps the skin as well! Allantoin is similar to Beta Glucan and also helps soothe the skin, heal wounds, and moisturizes the skin as well. So not only do Exfoliating pads help with exfoliation and clearing pores, but they can also soothe and heal breakouts, too!

So how do you use these? Well, exfoliating pads are best when used consistently. At first, begin with using them 3x a week. If your skin tolerates them fine (no redness, dryness, irritation), then you can bump up to daily use. Do not use these pads paired with other acne products, 

AHAs and BHAs or active serums as it can cause irritation. Always apply pads to clean, dry skin, and you can use them anywhere on the face or body!

Exfoliating pads are an easy and convenient product to add into your skincare routine for clear, healthy skin!

Exfoliating Pads FAQ:

Who are these pads best for?

Exfoliating pads are great for anyone who wants clear skin. They especially target acne, congestion, large pores, dirt and debris, and hormonal breakouts.

Who is not a good candidate for using these pads?

Anyone with extremely sensitive or dry skin, compromised skin, sun burns, or severe skin conditions should not use these pads. 

When should I incorporate these into my routine?

Exfoliating pads can be used in the AM or PM after cleansing and toning the skin.

Can I use these on active acne and cystic acne?

Yes, these pads are gentle and safe enough for using on acne.

How many pads come in a jar?

60 pads come in each jar.

Is my skin more sensitive when using these pads?

Your skin can become more sensitive to the sun, as the active acids in the pads are prone to causing sun sensitivity. Always wear sun protection when using medical grade products.

Can the pads be used on my neck, chest, shoulders, or back?

Yes, they can. The skin on the neck can be sensitive at times, so be cautious when first using on your neck.

Are these pads safe for teenagers?

Yes, these pads are safe for teens and are convenient for them.

How long does it take to see results?

Results can be seen immediately, but the best changes are noticed after 3 weeks of usage.