Washing your face on a daily basis is vital. It helps to remove dirt and oil and if you skip it, it is likely your skin will soon suffer from a rise in oil, clogged pores and breakouts. But can washing your face too frequently or washing with certain types of products aggravate your skin? In this blog, we explore the answers to these questions.
How Often Should You Wash Your Face?
Start with the rule of at least once per day. If you wear make up in the day the priority will be to wash your face each evening to remove the makeup, dirt and excess oil that has accumulated on your face during the day. Even if you don’t wear make-up, grime can build up on your skin and clog your pores, so the rule still applies.
Some dermatologists also recommend a second wash when you wake up. The reason for this is there are external factors during your sleep that may irritate your skin. These include irritants on your bedding and the environment you are surrounded by i.e. air conditioning, indoor pollution.
Other times that you may want to wash your face is after an excessive workout when you sweat or when you want to remove your sunscreen.
Signs of Over-washing
You’ll know if you have washed your skin too much as you’ll start to suffer from a tightening of your skin or it might become overly sensitised and appear dry, patchy or red.
What Should I Wash My Face With?
For people suffering from sensitised or sensitive skin, it is particularly important to use the right products when cleansing your skin. You will want to find suitable products that help ease the symptoms and nourish the skin barrier (made up of the outermost layers of the epidermis).
Start by establishing a skin care routine that you can stick to every day:
Good skin care starts with:
- Thoroughly wash your hands first
- A good cleansing & moisturising routine
- Treating the skin with suitable “active” products if required
- Protecting your skin from the sun
When you suffer from sudden sensitised flare ups or from skin conditions such as perioral dermatitis, dermatitis, eczema and rosacea, you may want to readjust your beauty and cleansing routine immediately and temporarily just use water.
- Stop wearing all make-up
- Stop using all your regular cleansing & beauty products
- Cleanse with cooled-down boiled water
We help people with these skin concerns and sensitized skin. We often suggest washing with water only and applying our Soothing Duo to help balance your compromised skin microbiome.
This pare-back method will help your skin to start recovering and once this happens you can re-introduce products one by one allowing your skin time to return to good health.
When you reintroduce products, start with mild cleansers and moisturisers to help restore the barrier function of your skin. When selecting these base products, look for claims such as “natural, organic, gentle and designed for sensitive skin”. Stay away from harsh products, brushes or skin treatments.
When are able to, it is also a good idea to introduce a gentle exfoliator to remove dead skin cells, allowing moisturisers to better penetrate the skin.
Kiri Yanchenko, founder of the AMPERNA® brand, developed a gentle exfoliating lotion containing 10% glycolic acid (or AHA) plus probiotics and antioxidants. The 10% Pro+ Resurfacing Lotion has been specially formulated for people with even the most sensitive skin.
Specific Guidelines for Dealing with Flare Ups When Using the AMPERNA® Range
Our entire range has been designed for people with even the most dry and sensitive skin and a variety of skin conditions. The range can be used all year round and all products have been tested on eczema, rosacea, acne prone skin, perioral dermatitis and more.
It may be the case that you suffer a flare up from factors in your internal or external environment. It this case Kiri, founder of AMPERNA® strongly recommends embracing water as your cleanser and following the 3-steps outlined in this article.
You might also like to read this blog post on whether your skin is sensitive or sensitised.