Skin cell turnover is important in helping to manage acne, melasma, and aging facial skin. When a skin cell is created, it is located in the lower layers of the epidermis and travels to the surface layer over the course of its life. Once the matured cells reach the top, they arrive at the end of their lives and are shed. The regeneration of new cells and the shedding process is what prevent dead cells from building up on the surface.
This is important because as we age, skin cell turnover slows down significantly. As babies, our cells regenerate every 2 weeks. However, by the time we get to 25, the rate slows to 30-35 days. This slowdown is natural; however, there are many things we can do to help our bodies increase cell turnover – a facial peel being one of them because they help the body regenerate.