Sunday, February 9, 2014

Does Cleaning Your Face Too Much Cause Acne?

Skin-care beliefs, myths, and smooth-out off the wall thinking are as ample as cleaners in a drugstore. Some are long-guarded beliefs passed down for generations with no real scientific basis, including the opinion that being squeaky-clean is a "good thing". Thankfully for modern technology and scientific research, we can separate facts and opinions on what products or routines do and don't work.

Fact: Overzealous face cleansing, whether more than twice per day or with products that keep your skin layer as tight as a drum, can actually cause damage. Thus you must avoid cleansers that have harsh surfactants, which clear skin of too much oil and leave it so dry that it seems like a solid polished surface.

Instead of these, look for gentler washing agents, which can be sugar-based or derived from coconut oil. They could takeoff makeup but nonetheless keep skin’s flexibility. And if you are using cleansing during the night, a fast dash of cool water alone will suffice each morning. If you tend to workout early, then be sure to cleanse afterwards since sweat from working out can clog pores. For noon greasiness, try oil-blotting papers or waterless washing wipes.

These are all great skin care practices and should be used consistently to improve your chances of having healthy looking skin from day-to-day while lowering the sudden acne breakouts that you experience.