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Dead skin EVERYWHERE! Help?

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Ok, so I have never had the need to exfoliate before. I've noticed lately that there was a part of my skin I had scratched at and it left the marks from where my fingernail had been. Keep in mind I'm pretty picky about touching my face. The skin was not flaky, but I'm sure if I would have rubbed it hard enough it would start balling up and peeling.

I decide to exfoliate using baking soda. Testing it one night before to make sure it didn't irritate my skin. So I let it sit on my face for 5 minutes and as I expected, there was dead skin just EVERYWHERE. All over my face. My sister, who is in the medical field, took a look at it and said that it was multiple layers of skin, about two. Although I hate doing anything to irritate my face I had a choice: use a cloth to peel off the dead skin gently or let it sit there. Obviously, I peeled it off, but I just can't figure out why I had such incredible amounts of dead skin on there?! I've tried all sorts of stuff to cure acne, and I think that this is surely the root of the problem.

Now that I got that dead skin off of there, my face feels much smoother as if it can breathe. Anyone know what in the world is going on? I would dunk my head in the tub while I was peeling it and there was literally flakes from where it was coming off everywhere.

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Is your skin oily? I heard/read oily skin makes it tougher for the skin to shed.

The only place I usually get any noticeable oil is on my t-zone and it's drastically reduced in oil because of the baking soda. More on the dry side than anything

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Oh yeah, you really should opt for a better exfoliating method. BS is very harsh on the skin due to its base pH level.

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Theres other methods of exfoliation as well ie sea salt. What you might want to do is after exfoliating, is to moisturize as well.

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