How Often Should You Actually Wash Your Face?

woman washes face cleans skin with soap wears yellow towel on headWashing your face is a must. Not only does washing your face promote healthy skin and protect you from cosmetic issues like flakey skin, dermatitis, acne, irritation, and redness, but it also protects your skin from being a bacterial hotbed that could make you significantly sick due to infection.

Washing your face should be an imperative aspect of skin care. But how much should you wash your face? And how should you wash your face? Keep reading to answer these questions and learn how to get healthy skin.

What Dermatologists Recommend

The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends washing your face twice daily and after sweating. Washing immediately after sweating can help prevent your sweat ducts from clogging and irritation, leading to itching and discomfort.

The AADA recommends a gentle washing with a mild cleanser. Mild cleansers are cleaning agents that don’t utilize alcohol, which can dry out the skin. They also have other ingredients that are gentle when cleaning the sensitive skin of the face.

What if You Have Oily or Dry Skin?

Washing your skin twice a day may not seem like enough if you have oily skin or too much if you have dry skin. However, it is still recommended to follow these guidelines unless otherwise suggested by your dermatologist. Though your instinct may be to wash your face as often as possible for oily skin, you may be making the situation worse. Overwashing can lead to an overproduction of sebum, the oily solution that hydrates the skin.

With dry skin, ensure you still wash twice daily and use moisturizers to alleviate your dry skin. Remember, washing your face is a way to keep your skin healthy and free of dirt buildup and harmful bacteria.

If oily or dry skin persists, regardless of what you do for it, speak to a trusted dermatologist.

Skin Care in South Florida

Taking care of your skin by washing it is a must. Working with a dermatologist to help make your skin as happy and healthy as possible is a plus.

Hollywood Dermatology & Cosmetic Specialist’s team includes several experienced and board-certified dermatologists.. With five locations around South Florida, including Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Hallandale, West Miramar, and Doral, their decades of collective experience are always close by. Plus, they offer clinical, surgical, and cosmetic care for adults and children alike. They can help you with whatever your skin needs.

To schedule a consultation or to learn more about their services, call 954-961-1200.

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