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Choosing The Right Facial Cleanser For You

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On Jun 15, 2016
Choosing The Right Facial Cleanser For You

Rumor has it chocolate leads to acne and frowning cause pre-mature wrinkles, but how much truth is actually linked to this? There are probably just as many myths about skin care as there are products in the drugstore to solve them.

Washing our face should be as simple as “wash your face twice a day,” but life just isn’t that simple.

There’s acne-fighting cleansers, breakout-prevention cleansers, cleansers for redness and irritation, and even cleansers that promise to give you clear skin by the next day. With all these new formulas on the rise, it can be quite challenging figuring out how much truth is really in the tagline of all those products. But then again, you may want to start by reading the fine print.

According to Meryl Joerg, MD, of Advanced Dermatology P.C., “Sifting through the truths and misconceptions about the dozens of facial cleansers on the shelves is key to cleaning your face effectively.” It sounds obvious, but the best way to cleanse your skin is to find out what is best for your skin. This means taking the time to figure out whether you have normal, dry, oily, or combination skin.

In case you’re unsure what your skin type is, here’s how you can find out:

Normal Skin

  • Little to no imperfections (rarely any breakouts)
  • No severe sensitivity
  • Barely visible pores
  • Glowing and radiant complexion

Dry Skin

  • Dull and rough complexion
  • Visible lines and pores
  • Red patches and flakes
  • Skin peeling

Oily Skin

  • Large pores
  • Shiny complexion
  • Blemishes, blackheads, and pimples
  • Clogged pores

Combination Skin

  • Shiny skin in certain areas (commonly seen in the t zone)
  • Dilated pores
  • Blackheads and breakouts in oily areas

Now that you have a better idea of what specific skin type you are, you are now able to pick a facial cleanser formulated just for you.

Dr. Joerg has recommendations for each skin type:

Normal Skin – You’re lucky enough to use a variety of cleansers, but try sticking to ones that have antioxidants, hydroxy acids, botanical-inflammatory agents, and retinol. This will get rid of dead skin resulting in younger-looking skin.

Dry Skin – In order to retain moisture in your skin, get cleansers that are creamy and moisturizing which will soothe flaky and irritated skin. Products with glycerin and hyaluronic acid will hydrate the skin.

Oily Skin – If you struggle with oily skin, it’s best to get a “de-greasing” ingredient in your product such as salicylic acid which will help to exfoliate the skin as well as prevent breakouts. You can also use products with benzoyl peroxide which helps to wash away excess bacteria. Additionally, try avoiding products with natural oils, perfumes, or additives.

Combination Skin – For combination skin, it’s best to use cleansers that won’t dry you out but still adds a bit of moisture to the skin as well. Gel-based products or foaming cleansers usually work best in this case.

What’s your favorite facial cleanser at the moment?

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