Minneapolis-based board-certified dermatologist, jenny liu, MD, FAAD, adds that most people can benefit from gentle resurfacing products, usually a few times a week, depending on skin type and problem. But these products are particularly suitable for oily and combination skin.
You just want to pay attention to the 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 of skin resurfacing like hyperpigmentation,” explains Rhee. “In lighter skin types, post-inflammatory erythema or redness can look like dark spots. If you confuse the difference and treat these areas too aggressively, it can lead to unwanted or lingering dark spots.”
If you have sensitive skin, a board-certified Connecticut dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, recommends being very picky about the products you use. Test a product on a patch of skin first before applying it all over your face, and if you notice extreme irritation or a bad reaction, stop using it and see a dermatologist.
And if you take prescription medication for your skin, Vibrant Dermatology and SkinBar MD owner Joyce Imahiyerobo-IaMD, FAAD, advises that you consult your dermatologist first to ensure that the resurfacing products you plan to use will be compatible with your prescription products.