Did you know that most people are probably not using the right cleanser for their face type? A cleanser is the foundation of a good skin care regime and it is so important to find one that works with your skin. Many people self diagnose their skin as one thing and treat it that way with products (i.e. “I have one zit so I have acne. I’m going to use an acne wash.”). When this happens, our skin tends to overcompensate the opposite way. For example, over-treating oily skin by stripping the oils will cause extreme dryness; not properly treating dry skin can lead to an overproduction of oil because your skin wants to moisturize itself.
First, here is a very generalized overview of skin types & basic rules for choosing a cleanser:
DRY // skin tends to be tight after cleansing and can flake or have rough patches in some areas. (avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & use a creamy cleanser. look for ingredients like essential oils & natural hydrators)
OILY // skin tends to get shiny throughout the day, has visible pores, and may break out on occasion. (a foamy cleanser works best)
SENSITIVE // skin reacts easily & tends to get irritated with new products, weather changes, etc. (avoid cleansers with avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, acids, fragrances, dyes, etc. look for ingredients like glycerin, cucumber, green tea and chamomile which are all naturally calming and anti-inflammatory)
COMBO // dry patches on the cheeks mixed with oily patches in the T-zone–forehead, nose & chin. (stick to a basic cleanser that doesn’t address any specific skin care concern but will help maintain a normal PH balance)
NORMAL // no areas of oiliness or dryness, usually no skin issues. (any basic cleanser will do)
ACNEIC // prone to breakouts, oily, blackheads & whiteheads (stick to a routine of switching out a gentle cleanser with a cleanser that has salicylic or glycolic acid in it. don’t over do it with the acids though because your skin may overreact.)
Okay now that you’ve put yourself into a category, what cleanser to choose? (there should be an algorithm for this!)
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Remember: it is better to treat occasional skin issues with spot treaters, serums, etc. than with a cleanser. If a cleanser is really just not working for you, switch it out, but be sure to give it about 30-45 days to start working before ditching it. A skin cycle is about 21-28 days so you need to wait at least that long to decide!