Although acne isn’t caused by not cleansing your face, there’s no doubt that regular cleansing is an important step in your acne treatment routine. But exactly how many times a day should you be washing your face?
A Twice-Daily Cleansing Is All Your Skin Needs
- The magic face-washing number is generally agreed to be two. A twice-daily cleansing, morning and night, is just enough to clean away makeup, dirt, and extra oil hanging around on the skin, but not too much to be irritating.
- What products you use to cleanse your face is also important. Stronger isn’t always better. The skin on your face is delicate, so you don’t want to use harsh cleansers or soaps. choose a cleanser that leaves your skin feeling clean but not overly dry or stripped.
Washing Too Often Can Make Your Acne Worse.
- Over-washing your face can be just as bad (or even worse) than not cleansing at all. If you wash your face too often, you can easily strip away all of the good oils your skin needs to stay supple.You can also break down the acid mantle, which is a protective coating that we have over our skin made up of sweat, oil, and good bacteria. For strong, healthy skin you need a strong, healthy acid mantle.
- Cleanse too often and you can easily end up with skin that is dry, red, flaky and irritated. Probably not the result you’re looking for! Scrubbing is also a no-no. Harsh scrubs won’t clear your skin any faster but can irritate your skin and aggravate breakouts.