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Article written by John Q. Cook, MD and Joy Edmonds, LC

Because of the Illinois shelter-at-home, it has been at least 3 weeks since you have been able to come in for a medical-grade exfoliation. We miss our patients and always want to help, even if we can’t see you in person. Although exfoliation by a skilled clinician is the gold standard, there are products available for at-home usage that we would like to share with you. They can help to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant. With all the stress we have been through, who wouldn’t like to restore the glow!

Let’s talk about exfoliation for a moment. Exfoliation is a natural process in which your skin continuously sheds its protective outer layer. You can’t see it, but it’s happening all the time. This natural process slows down as we age, and as we experience stress, sun, and toxins in the environment. You may notice textural changes, a dull complexion, and prominent pores as a result of slower exfoliation of the skin.

With medical-grade exfoliation a clinician uses physical tools or chemicals to mimic the exfoliation process of your skin. This is crucial in maintaining fresh, glowing skin. Regular exfoliation also allows for optimal absorption of topical products.

In an optimal skin care regimen, a medical grade exfoliation should be performed at minimum once monthly; most thorough exfoliations last about 21 days.

Due to the current state of the country, in-office, medical grade exfoliations are not available. We would like to share with you some options for safe at-home exfoliation. Please note that SPF is especially important after exfoliating. Also, it is important not to over-do it. Overly aggressive exfoliation is not helpful to your skin!

Here are some of our favorite exfoliation products

These products are available on our Whole Beauty Skincare website. Save 10% on the WBI products listed below!

WBI Radiant Buffing Scrub

Radiant Buffing Scrub is a moisturizing cleanser that helps address dullness and uneven texture. Use 1-2x/week.

WBI Radiance GF

Radiance with Growth Factor exfoliates the top surface layers of dead skin for smoother skin and minimized fine lines and pores. The plant-based growth factor further helps to promote the formation of collagen and elastin to provide firmness and elasticity. Use nightly as tolerated.

WBI Revitalizing Pads

WBI Revitalizing Pads are a weekly exfoliation treatment to address dullness, uneven texture and pigmentation to restore skin luminosity and vitality. Use once weekly as tolerated.

WBI Illuminating Cleanser

The Illuminating Cleanser is a multi-action foaming cleanser best suited for combination and oily skin. Use as directed.

WBI Antioxidant Cleanser

Antioxidant Cleansing Gel with Vitamin C, E, and Green Tea Extract. Use as directed.

SkinBetter Science

AlphaRet is the latest innovation in retinoid renewal delivering remarkable results, with little-to-no irritation compared to other retinoids and retinoid-based products. Please call our practice at 312-751-2112 if you would like to purchase this product.

Although our offices are closed due to the outbreak, we can be reached remotely at our usual numbers during normal business hours. We are here to help you in any way, including questions about skin care or skin products.

Chicago | 312-751-2112

Winnetka | 847-446-7562

We can also be reached at info@johnqcookmd.com