There is no doubt that dead skin buildup makes your skin look dull.  But, exfoliation that is too aggressive may leave your skin red and irritated. 

Listen to what your skin is telling you, and find the right balance of products. Use of Obagi or ZO exfoliating cleanser daily is fine, but you can also alternate with their gentle cleansers. The ZO complexion renewal pads are a mild exfoliation choice and also help to unclog pores. 

More aggressive exfoliation may be done with Obagi Exfoderm or ZO Exfoliating Polish, but you may want to limit use to one or 2 times a week. 

A super aggressive version of exfoliation may be done by using these products more frequently, but too much aggression may actually result in hyperpigmentation. 

If you don’t like the Do it Yourself approach, superficial chemical peels such as our Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels are great exfoliation choices.  Just don’t neglect this part of your beauty routine!