Can washing my face too much cause a breakout?

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More is usually not better when it comes to washing your face as it can cause acne breakouts. “Over-cleansing, over-moisturizing or over-medicating the skin upsets the balance,” Linda K. Franks, M.D., director of Gramercy Park Dermatology, NYC, told us. Case in point: You’re trying to tame your acne breakouts so you use several products designed to help dry up excess oil. The unfortunate result? You wind up over-drying your skin to the point where your oil glands are forced into overdrive, producing more oil and probably more acne breakouts.

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