Skin Cleansing

Skin Cleansing

Skin Cleansing
When it comes to cleansing your skin, not all parts of your body are created equal. Your face needs different care than your feet. Depending on your skin type and even the time of year, you may need a different body or facial cleanser to remove dirt and prevent breakouts. Find out how to choose a skin cleanser that removes excess oil while preserving the skin's delicate pH balance and natural moisturizers. Learn the best ways to cleanse your skin, from bar soaps to exfoliaters, with expert advice from Sharecare.

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    Even if your skin is oily, you want to use a mild cleanser, to avoid irritating or dehydrating the skin. Look for products that are non-comedogenic, which means they won't clog pores. You should also avoid scrubbing the skin too hard, as this can cause your skin to become irritated and more prone to breakouts.

     

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    Some bar soaps have stronger detergents than others or higher concentrations of surfactants. All of them, including liquid body washes, include at least one surfactant, preservatives, emulsifiers, moisturizing agents, and probably a fragrance. If you have sensitive skin (if you have eczema or psoriasis, for instance), you should avoid synthetic fragrances and harsh detergents. Stay away from antibacterial or deodorant soaps too, since your skin may be intolerant to the added chemicals in them.
    Antibacterial soaps are very effective in fighting folliculitis or back acne, but they are extremely drying. You might want to use it every other day. To cleanse dry skin, remember that liquid soaps aren't necessarily gentler or more moisturizing. Liquid is simply the vehicle. Some bar soaps provide the waxy emollients your skin needs to prevent more flaking and dryness. Look for the same emollient ingredients that would be present in a rich facial moisturizer.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    The kind of cleanser you should use depends on your skin care needs. People with acne-prone skin should look for a mild cleanser that is non-comedogenic (won't clog pores). People with skin that's showing signs of aging should find products that contain moisturizers (as skin gets drier with age) or gentle exfoliants (that will remove dead cells from the skin's surface to reveal the fresher, younger skin underneath). Those with dry skin should look for mild, moisturizing cleansers that help to keep skin hydrated and prevent stripping.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    A mild cleanser is all you need if you have normal skin, as it will help to clean your skin without removing too much of its natural moisture.

     

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    For an acne-prone skin, you need to look for the following ingredients in your skin care product:
    Cleanser:
    • Sodium laureth sulfate
    • Sodium cocyl isethionate
    • Cocomidopropyl betaine
    • Disodium cocamphodiacetate
    Active Ingredients:
    • Salicylic acid
    • Benzoyl peroxide
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    If you have blackheads or other types of acne, your dermatologist may suggest that you use a skin cleanser with the word "noncomedogenic" on the label. That means the product will not cause or worsen blackheads. Use a cleanser that's gentle, non-abrasive and alcohol-free. Don't scrub your face or other parts of the skin affected by blackheads. Instead, gently massage the cleanser onto your skin using your fingertips. Rinse your skin well and pat it dry with a clean towel.
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    Whether you have a few pimples or more serious acne, practicing good skin care is critical. Use a mild soap or gentle cleanser and warm water to cleanse your face twice a day. Talk to your dermatologist about the best skincare products for your skin. Pimples can also develop on other areas of your skin, so practice this same good skin care on all areas of your body where you may have breakouts.

    Do not scrub the affected areas because you may make the pimple worse and delay healing. Also, as you wash the area of skin with pimples, try to not push or squeeze a pimple. Any picking or popping of a pimple can cause scarring.
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    If your skin is generally sensitive, you need to avoid the following ingredients in your skin care product:

    • Isopropyl alcohol
    • Sodium chloride

    Surfactants such as:

    • Sodium lauryl sulfate
    • Sodium laureth sulfate
    • Ammonium lauryl sulfate
    • Soaps such as sodium tallowate or cocoate
    • Salicylic acid
    • Willow bark (the natural version of salicylic acid)
    • AHA acids

    Chemical sunscreens such as:

    • Avobenzone
    • Octinoxate
    • Octisalate
    • Homosalate
    • Octocrylene
    • Oxybenzone
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Soap can strip essential oils from your skin and leave it feeling tight and dry. Try cleansing with a mild, non-soap beauty bar or moisturizing body wash specially labeled for sensitive skin. These cleansers usually don't have the harsh ingredients found in conventional soaps.
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    If your skin is easily irritated, you need to be more careful about what you use on it. Avoid harsh exfoliants like ground up nuts or fruit pits.