Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • September 2017
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The top face washing mistakes

Your daily skin care routine most likely starts and ends with washing your face. While cleansing seems like it should be the least complicated part of your skin care routine, certain face washing habits can lead to numerous skin issues including irritation, oiliness and even acne breakouts. Let’s countdown the eight common face washing mistakes; knowing how to correct these mistakes can work wonders for your overall skin health:

8. You exfoliate more than you should

While exfoliation is a healthy practice to remove dead skin cells, the key is to not exfoliate too often. Exfoliating a maximum of two times a week is plenty to remove dead skin cells, but not irritate your skin.

7. You’re using the wrong product

The right cleanser should completely remove dirt, makeup and dead cells, but not be too harsh that it removes your skin’s natural oils and healthy cells. Choose a cleanser that is neither too gentle where you have to scrub multiple times nor too harsh where it leaves your skin red and dry.

6. You’re washing with the wrong water temperature

There is a skin myth out there that says hot water opens pores while cold water closes them. The truth is that pores don’t have the ability to open and close. Lukewarm water is the best for gently cleansing your skin. Too hot water can lead to over-dry skin.

5. You skimp on the face rinse

In a world where time is limited and moving too fast, it is easy to rinse too quickly. Skimping on the rinse can lead to residue build up, which clogs pores and dries out the skin. The jawline, hairline and nose are common spots to get missed during rinsing.

4. You have poor towel habits

When drying off with a towel the key is to pat, not rub. While rubbing is easier and more soothing, it tugs and pulls on your skin putting your skin’s elastin at risk. It is also important to never share towels. Designating your own towel helps prevent bacteria from spreading from person to person.

3. You aren’t sure when to moisturize

A common question is whether you should moisturize while your skin is wet or dry. To maximize absorption and help seal in moisturizer it is important to apply moisturizer immediately after cleansing while the skin is still damp.

2. You wash your skin too often

Generally, washing your skin once or twice a day is a good standard to follow. Any more than that will lead to irritated skin and usually an overproduction of oil. If your day involved no makeup, sunscreen or sweat you can skip the cleanser that night and just rinse your face with water. Giving your skin a break from time to time is healthy.

1. You don’t ever wash your face

The number one face washing mistake is that you never wash it! While most people would probably never verbally admit to this, I know there are a decent number of women who still go to bed with their makeup on. You can blame it on being tired or forgetting to do it, but not removing the day’s buildup of oil, dirt and makeup can lead to acne, more prominent pores and inflammation. Always remember to end your day with a gentle face washing, even if it’s with just water, to allow your skin room to breathe while you sleep.

Dr. Victoria Negrete, MD

Forefront Aesthetics, a Forefront Dermatology Medical Spa, opened its doors in November 2016. With over 30 years of combined experience, the team at Forefront Aesthetics is here to discuss your areas of concern. With a scheduled consultation, a member of the team will sit with you to create a customized solution to help you feel more comfortable in your own skin. 

Dr. Victoria Negrete, MD is a board-certified dermatologist and medical director for Forefront Aesthetics.

Website: forefrontaesthetics.com
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