It's important to wash your face, but it's even more important to do it right so you don't actually make things worse for your skin. It all comes down to how often you should wash, and what you wash with.
In this video from the Tech Insider YouTube channel, dermatologist Dr Erin Gilbert goes over some common mistakes when it comes basic skincare:
- Not washing enough: People think that not washing their face helps preserve the natural oils of their skin, and while that's partially true, you still should wash regularly if you want to avoid breakouts. Dr Gilbert recommends washing at least once a day.
- Using the wrong products: You should be washing your face with different types of products based on the seasons. During warmer months, you should use a cleanser that is more astringent and sudsy, and contains salicylic acid if you're acne prone. During the colder months, you want to use a gentler cleanser that isn't soap based so you don't strip your skin of natural oils and cause dry skin problems.
- Overly-intense washing: Using a wash cloth or Clearsonic tool to wash your face is OK, but doing it too often or pressing to hard while washing will irritate your skin even more.
It's also a good idea to find face washes that work best for your type of skin. And if your skin-related issues seem beyond normal care, don't hesitate to find a dermatologist near you and get to the bottom of it.
3 Worst Things When Washing Your Face [YouTube]