Dermatology/Face Washing


QUESTION: I heard somewhere that dermatologists don't recommend people wash their face with wash clothes because it damages the skin. Instead just use their hands? Or maybe there is a material that does better justice to skin?

ANSWER: I would recommend you wash your face with Cetaphil as it is mild and not irritating to the skin. You can use the same soap for the hands. Another option is Dove for sensitive skin. The other soap you mention is way to harsh for the skin.

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QUESTION: I didn't mention a soap. I just heard using a wash cloth is too abrasive on the face. Can you recommend something else for face washing other than ones own hands, and do you agree with the statement that wash clothes are too tough on the face?

Washing your face twice a day is a must in order to keep your skin clear.
Never use bar soaps to wash your face as they tend to dry out the skin.
Never wash your face with hot or too cold water Ė you may irritate your skin.
Never over-cleanse your skin.
Avoid cleansing products containing alcohol or any harsh chemicals.
Always remove your makeup before you wash your face.
Remember: hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and irritated.
Always apply the cleansing products to a wet face.
Always make sure you have removed all traces of the cleanser, otherwise it can irritate your skin.
Never rub your skin.
Always make sure the cleansing product is appropriate for your skin type.
Wash your face at least twice a day.
Always apply moisturizer after washing your face.
Donít forget to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week with a mild exfoliator to remove the dead skin cells.
Itís best to wash your face with lukewarm water rather than with hot or cold water.
Avoid using strong or harsh cleansers and toners.
Cream based cleansers are appropriate for the winter months as they moisturize the skin.
If your skin is sensitive choose a fragrance-free cleanser.
If your skin is oily look for a water-based cleanser in gel or foam formula.
If your skin is dry look for a cream cleanser that moisturizes your skin.

You can use a soft wash cloth to clean your face but not rough just gentle.


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