| | long term over exfoliation damage; rectifiable?
I was told recently that you shouldn't exfoliate more than 3-4 x per week max because in older people (I guess that means over the age of 25 when collagen apparently starts declining?) it can cause skin thinning. I've also heard that long term over exfoliation damages the skin as cells can only turn over so much in their lifetime.
I've been exfoliating more than 4 times a week (and harshly at that; yes, apricot kernel shells) since my early teens in one way or another, in addition to using retinoids and steroid creams for acne, and only within the last couple years have I done it less. Throughout my teens no-one ever advised me how much or little was safe, and I never attempted to educate myself. I admit I could have been smarter about my skincare regime, and my life in general lol. I have many regrets in that respect.
I'm now panicking a little because wondering if I've now doomed myself to premature ageing. I'm also wondering if there is anything I could do now in attempt to actually reverse the damage that has been done?