How To Properly Wash Your Face
Cleansing is the key step when talking about how to properly wash your face. But, before, I get into the essentials of the correct way to cleanse your face especially if you are acne prone, I have to tell you a story that has always struck a chord with me.
I’ll never forget the time when I was taking care of a patient at the hospital, an older lady with no tact. As I was doing my assessment, listening to her lungs and doing the run down she turned to me and said, “honey you must not wash your face because just look at all of those pimples.” The nursing assistant happened to be in the room at the same time and I just looked at her and shook my head. I couldn’t believe that someone could be so rude and insenstive.
From that moment on I knew that I had to find a way to get my skin clear. I couldn't have complete strangers making rude comments like that anymore.
So let me share with you what I now know. Here's how to properly wash your face:
The common misconception when you have acne is that your skin must not be clean enough so that’s why you keep getting breakouts. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Over washing and scrubbing will do nothing but irritate your skin and make it worse. So save the "squeaky clean" for your dishes. An overall rule would be to use a soap-free cleanser formulated specifically for the face and your skin type.
There are ideal methods to everything including basic skin care.
All cleansers are not the same. Your cleanser is probably the most important product of choice so using the appropriate cleanser for your needs affects everything that happens afterward. Not only do cleansers remove makeup, dirt and grime but they also prepare the skin for the next step in your skin care regimen.
At least once a week the first step of cleansing should be a good 5 minutes of steaming to soften and prepare the skin for cleansing. After steaming you should follow these steps:
- Use lukewarm water and wet the skin and use the fingertips to apply a cleanser appropriate for acne-prone skin in gentle, circular movements. Avoid washcloths because they can be too aggressive on skin.
- Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water
- Use only clean cotton towels to dry your skin to avoid bacterial contamination.
It is a myth that splashing cold water on the skin after cleansing closes the pores. Pores do not have trap doors that open and close. So water temperature won't affect the size of the pores.
If you have excessively oily skin and large pores, there are some gentle and effective cleansers available to help tackle the oil.
So just to make sure it's clear, excessive washing of the face can cause irritation by stripping the acid mantle, the skin's natural lipid barrier. Cleansing twice daily with the right cleanser is sufficient.
For sensitive skin types it is best to always do a patch test by putting a small amount on your inner arm to see if you have a reaction to the product.
Knowing how to properly wash your face is essential for clear and radiant skin. You can get more information on proper skin care and how to get your skin to "Wow" by clicking here .
What are you currently using to cleanse your face? Please comment below
With Your Skin In Mind,