What do exfoliating gloves and exfoliating mitts do?
“Exfoliating gloves are a form of mechanical exfoliation,” says Dr. Lal. “They help remove dead skin cells from your body without the need for chemical exfoliants.” They also also be helpful when paired with your other body products. “Exfoliating body gloves can be beneficial for people desiring smoother skin texture or increased penetration of their skin care products. The scrubbing motion made while wearing the gloves can also improve cutaneous blood circulation,” says Dr. Hogan.
Who should use an exfoliating glove?
“Patients with flaky dry skin, psoriasis, ingrown hairs, Keratosis Pilaris, would all benefit from exfoliating gloves,” says Dr. Lal. However, people with sensitive skin may want to explore other exfoliating options. “Individuals with certain skin conditions like psoriasis and lichen planus, should avoid exfoliating gloves,” says Dr. Hogan. “These conditions are characterized by the Keobner phenomenon, wherein a skin conditions can be spread to new areas of trauma. Individuals with sensitive skin should also use exfoliating gloves sparingly.”
Do exfoliating gloves get moldy?
“As with any skin care tool, colonization by bacteria and fungus can occur,” says Dr. Hogan. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use them. “Exfoliating body gloves should be changed after every few uses and thoroughly cleansed with soap and water after each use.”
How often can you use an exfoliating glove?
Depending on your skin type, you can use an exfoliating glove several times a week. “Our skin naturally sheds, thus I would recommend using an exfoliating glove 1x a week. Rigorous exfoliation can cause irritation and put you at risk for infection,” says Dr. Lal.