Face Washing 101: Dermatologist-Approved Tips

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Think washing your face is as easy as splashing on some soap and water? Think again. If you really want to properly cleanse there’s more to it from the ingredients in your cleanser to the temperature of your water. “It’s important for people to treat the face with care. Never scrub the skin or use harsh products as doing so irritates the skin, which makes skin look worse,” says Chestnut Hill, MA dermatologist Thomas E. Rohrer, MD. For healthy skin that glows, Dr. Rohrer recommends people follow these simple tips:

1. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol. 

2. Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply 
cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge or anything other than your fingertips can irritate your skin.


3. Resist the temptation to scrub your skin as scrubbing irritates the skin.

4. Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat dry with a soft towel.


5. Apply moisturizer if your skin is dry or itchy. Be gentle when applying any 
cream around your eyes so you do not pull too hard on this delicate skin.

6. Limit washing to twice a day and after sweating. Wash your face once in the 
morning and once at night as well as after sweating heavily. Perspiration, 
especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin. Wash your skin 
as soon as possible after sweating.


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  • Laura

    What kind of cleanser do you recommend for combination skin that is acne prone for the winter months?

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  • Claudio Pinto
    Master Aesthetician - New York, NY

    Specially with colder weather you a gentle cleanser - (it has more the look of a shampoo - not clear - ) helps with hydrating the skin instead of stripping it off of its natural elements - Instead of scrubs that can be very harsh or irritating to the skin, invest in Clarisonic - not only cleanses the skin but also provides circulation and unclogs the pores - You also will have the option of choosing the gentle brush head - Hydration and moisturizing that's proper to your skin type and condition is key. Not everyone needs a heavy cold cream type moisturizer but we all need some form of hydration. I couldnt agree more with the not overdoing. Esp in the winter washing your face twice a day is plenty. Again make sure you have proper products for your skin type and for the season! Let your skin glow and have a happy holiday season too! :-)

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