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I always hate exfoliating due to the fact that I dont want to rub off the non-inflammed acne bumps. Some have a very small head or are coming to the surface and are all dried up. The bumps/lumps are very small...

But if i run my fingers over my face when washing or exfolaiting I get worried that it will leave a small hole in my skin if I knock one of these bumps off. Will that happen?

If it does how can you avoid it and keep your skin from looking dry?

I even hate to put moisturizer on because I dont want to rub my fingers across the bumps incase I knock anything off.

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What exactly are you using to exfoliate? and how often?

I'm not quite sure what you mean by "knocking them off". I'm guessing you're referring to blackheads?

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I highly doubt light exfoliating will knock off any bumps unless it is inflamed acne. The whole point of exfoliating is to clean the pores. Most people want the non-inflamed acne to come off...and never return. Why do you want to keep them there?

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By knocking them off I mean brushing them off. You know when you have a non-inflammed acne lesion/small bump(s) on your skin, it pokes out more and more and eventually will come off by itself.

But when you exfolaite or moisturize your creating friction by rubbing over it(them) when applying moisturizer or when your exfoliaitng. I hope I am making sense.

I usually just lightly rub my finger across my face at the end of a shower as the skin is very easy to slough off then.

Most people want the non-inflamed acne to come off...and never return. Why do you want to keep them there?

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I don't think they will come off that way. Don't you want them to come off? I thought that was the point?

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^ I think he's worried about possible scarring that might occur after removing the bumps. The small hole you see after they're removed is not permanent. Eventually the small gap will close. As long as you don't pick it excessively and it's not too red/irritated I wouldn't worry too much about permanent scarring.

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yeah firyero is right...thats what my concern is. i have a few small hole type things on my skin, not many though. im not sure how they got there...but i did used to scrub my face with a buff puff(dumb) my skin specialist told me too!!???

well now i am kind of scared to rub any dead skin off my face unless it is CLEAR of ALL bumps and acne. And since I use Paulas Choice 2% BHA you really need to gently rub the dead skin off your face.

Do you find you need to rub dead skin off your face Firyero?

Thanks for your reply too.

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yeah firyero is right...thats what my concern is. i have a few small hole type things on my skin, not many though. im not sure how they got there...but i did used to scrub my face with a buff puff(dumb) my skin specialist told me too!!???

well now i am kind of scared to rub any dead skin off my face unless it is CLEAR of ALL bumps and acne. And since I use Paulas Choice 2% BHA you really need to gently rub the dead skin off your face.

Do you find you need to rub dead skin off your face Firyero?

Thanks for your reply too.

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If you are exfoliating gently enough, anything that comes off is ready to come off.

But you are right to be concerned. Don't scrub!

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Yes I only exfoliate very gently with my finger at the end of a shower LionQueen. I just gently run it acroos my forehead, temples, nose and cheeks once every few days.

What causes those small scars then if the bumps are ready to come off? Some people describe them as open pores/or scared pores.

Fiyero, I dont use a moisturizer, and I never use a toner. Toner just dries my skin out.

What is Dans moisturizer like?

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Not all toners will dry your skin out. I use a Paula's Choice toner, which is alcohol-free and lightly hydrating. As for Dan's moisturizer, it's the best moisturizer i've used on my skin so far. I love the ingredients and I love the fact that it moisturizes well without being heavy.

Dan recently introduced a 2oz version of it which is perfect for those who want to try it out before buying the full-size.

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What causes those small scars then if the bumps are ready to come off? Some people describe them as open pores/or scared pores.

Anyone know??

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I've always preferred to err on the side of caution. I never exfoliate, manually or otherwise, if my skin is broken out. I wait until I'm clear and all my dried zit scabs fall off by themselves before I even THINK about exfoliating.

However I wouldn't be afraid to moisturize. It's an important part of the regimen, and not moisturizing because of your fear will only result in drier skin.

When moisturizing, or exfoliating, just be sure you glide your fingers gently over your skin. Then, if bits of dried skin or zit scabs come off, you'll only get those bits that were ready to come off. The mark you see after an old scab comes off is a red mark, not a scar, and will fade with time. These types of blemishes are perfectly fine, since they are only temporary, and you shouldn't fear these.

There are other exfoliating alternatives out there that don't involve rubbing or scrubbing. You may want to look into an AHA moisturizer. Just be sure you've been using BP awhile before attempting to use. Perhaps post a question about AHA moisturizer and exfoliation to the other members. I don't have any experience with it, but I'll be trying it soon.

Hope this helps! :)

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