At Apostrophe, our dermatologists are here to help you discover an effective treatment plan for your skin’s needs and concerns. But medication and creams can only go so far without a proper and clean base. Here are some tips to wash your face properly so your medications can go the distance.
Why is washing your face important?
Your face has more , which means your face has more sebum (aka natural oils). Furthermore, application of makeup, sunscreen, and other facial products can create a magnet for pollutants, like smoke. Removing these particles on your face allows for great skin health.
How often should I wash my face?
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that you wash your face once in the morning, once at night, and anytime after you sweat heavily. Washing after you sweat is especially important if you have been wearing a hat, helmet, or any other accessory that is held tightly against your skin.
Is there such a thing as too much?
Washing your face twice a day is important, but exceeding the recommendations above can cause your skin to dry out. Especially beware of products with alcohol, astringents, toners, and exfoliants. Those products can irritate your skin and might cause further inflammation.
Here are our top tips to washing your face properly:
- Choose a proper face wash. It is very important to choose a cleanser that was made specifically for your face to minimize irritation. If acne is a concern, look for a cleanser with benzoyl peroxide.
- Be gentle. The top layer of skin, , on your face has fewer cell layers than other parts of your body. Scrubbing your face will not get rid of more dirt and oil. This thin layer makes the skin more easily irritated.
- Avoid using rough materials. Items like a washcloth, sponge, or other fabric can over exfoliate your skin and worsen acne.
For those with moderate to severe acne:
Acne face washes should not be the primary treatment for moderate to severe acne, but rather an addition to your other medications. When applying effective medications, like topical retinoids, acne wash is still important. Your cleanser clears away dirt and bacteria from the opening of your pores, and allows the topical retinoid to penetrate the skin and work more effectively.
We all talk about getting that skin glow and skin health starts with a clean face. Healthy skin = glowing skin!