I'll admit: I'm not the best at washing my face consistently, but I try to wash it at least once a day, especially to avoid falling asleep in my makeup. However, I wondered if once a day was enough. So, how many times should you really wash your face a day? Here's the dirty truth, ladies and gents.
Assistant clinical professor of dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Jeannette Graf, M.D. told Style Caster, "You should wash your face twice a day. Once in the morning when you wake up to remove the dirt and bacteria that gathers on your face while you’re sleeping, then again at night to take off makeup and the grime collected throughout the day.” A part of me knew that this was pretty much the standard, but sometimes, I get really lazy and resort to wiping the dirt off with a wipe and calling it a day. However, this isn't really the smartest thing to do, according to the experts.
But why is it so important for you to follow this hygienic habit daily? Well, Westlake Dermatology explains, "Excessive dirt build up on the surface can cause blockages of the follicle, trapping sebum, sweat, and dead skin cells. The lack of sebum on the skins surface allows bacteria to penetrate the follicle causing inflammation. The final result is acne." I don't know about you, but I've put those high school acne days way behind me.
In addition to washing your face twice a day, you should also try to follow these rules when it comes to facial cleansing and avoid causing yourself any other unnecessary issues:
Make Sure You Completely Remove Your Cleanser
This is a mistake I make quite often. When I do wash my face, sometimes I'm in such a hurry that I can feel a little cleanser residue left on my pores. Dr. Graf explains, “Make sure you rinse any cleanser off completely. Residue can lead to dryness." A good rule of thumb? Allocate a good five minutes to washing your face in the morning and at night.
Water Should Be Lukewarm
I don't realize this, but I also tend to wash my face with water that's too hot or too cold. You should actually be washing your face with water that is lukewarm for the best results. According to Redbook Mag, using hot water can "dehydrate your skin." Find a temperature that's perfectly in between both.
Pick A Cleanser That's Best For You
Find a cleanser that's best for you and works well with your skin, and stick with it. I'd suggest talking with your dermatologist before switching to a new cleanser or incorporating a new ingredient that all your friends are raving about. Westlake Dermatology also mentions that, "selecting a cleanser with a balanced PH will help maintain your skins natural balance."
Try Not Too Overwash
Just like anything else, washing your face too much isn't good for you either. Over-washing your face can strip your natural oils from your pores. Keeping it at twice a day is a great way to keep your skin clean and healthy.
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