Can acne prone skin use scrub? (Pros & Cons)

I often struggle with acne. This started in my childhood years and developed further well into my adulthood. When I was younger, I had little knowledge of the best skincare tips.

I relate to the frustrations that you deal with trying to manage acne. Over the years, I have taken this journey with you in providing details and self-experiences in combatting acne.

Recently, a reader contacted me to ask if you should use a scrub on your acne-prone skin. If you have acne pro skin, you may tend to stay away from scrubbing.

However, if done right, exfoliating using a scrub is an effective way to manage it. In this article, I address the pros and cons of exfoliating using scrubs so that you may decide on the best option.

What are the pros and cons of scrubbing on acne-prone skin?

Pros of scrubbing

There is legitimate reasoning behind the advice you scrub once a week even with acne-prone skin. The following are the benefits of scrubbing that I identified which are a plus for you:-

  • It provides for clean skin:-Scrubbing removes dirt, sweat, and excess oil from your skin. It reaches out to the pores of the skin which may not be achievable with other methods. If you consistently scrub, you will see the difference.
  • It removes flakes from your skin:-If you happen to have flakes on your skin in addition to acne, it is not a pleasant look. It gives dry patches and dead cells accumulate with time. Scrabbing effectively removes flakes.
  • It removes dead cells:- You should not let dead cells accumulate on your skin. You can remove them with a gentle scrub
  • It makes your skin glow:-Scrubbing often provides your skin a refreshing look and makes it glow.
  • It assists in removing dark patches from the skin:- Those dark patches you find on your knees, knuckles, and elbows can be gotten rid of with scrubbing
  • Scrubbing rids away acne scars:- The after-effects of acne on your skin could be gotten away with by scrubbing
  • It prevents ingrown hairs:- Constant scrubbing can prevent ingrown hairs from coming up
  • Scrubbing effectively ensures you have smooth skin:- Smooth skin is key to ensuring you feel and look more beautiful. Keep scrubbing constantly.
  • It improves the texture of your skin:- Scrubbing ensures the texture of your skin is good for you.
  • It removes tanning from the sun which affects your skin.
  • It increases blood circulation of your skin through the granules and beads on the face and body scrubs
  • A clear complexion outlook:- Scrubbing often deals with and prevents skin conditions to let you have a clear complexion skin.

Cons of scrubbing

  • When you scrub using a hard motion may irritate your skin and further aggravate your acne. It causes redness and inflammation of your skin which causes discomfort.
  • The use of hard scrubbing chemicals also irritates the skin and leads to redness and inflammation of the skin.
  • Over scrubbing can cause open pores and exposes your skin to ultraviolet rays and pollution. This leaves the skin susceptible to infections and tanning.
  • When you moisturize after scrubbing, it leaves your pores open and lets dirt settle on them. It leaves you prone to acne as bacteria grows on the dirt. This leaves your skin dry.

What does scrubbing do to your skin?

Scrubbing exfoliates your skin effectively by removal of dead cells from the topmost layer of your skin. It also removes dirt, excess oil, impurities, and makeup residues. It also causes the skin to lighten.


yes, you can scrub your acne-prone skin effectively. In this post, I have summarised the following:-

  • Yes, you can scrub your acne-prone skin (but can you steam acne prone skin?).
  • Scrubbing involves the removal of dead skin cells, excess oil, and any residue.
  • There are several advantages of scrubbing your skin
  • It provides a clean squeaky skin when you scrub
  • It removes flakes from your skin
  • It assists in removing dead skin cells.
  • It provides a glow to your skin.
  • It removes dark patches on your skin
  • It assists in eliminating your acne scars.
  • It allows for smooth skin when you scrub
  • It improves the texture of your skin with consistent scrubbing
  • It ultimately provides for a clear skin complexion
  • It helps in removing tanning from the sun
  • It increases blood circulation through the granules and beads on the face and body scrubs.
  • There are also a few demerits of scrubbing, especially, if it is not done right.
  • Scrubbing using hard motions irritates your skin and causes redness and inflammation
  • There are some hard scrubbing chemicals that may also cause irritation to your skin.
  • Too much scrubbing can lead to open pores that expose your skin to UV rays and susceptible to infections and tanning.
  • Moisturizing after scrubbing leaves your skin pores open and dirt can settle on them.