How to Use Facial Cleanser

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Even if you have perfect skin -- and not many people do -- you have to pay attention to the facial cleanser you use. Your skin won't look or feel so perfect if you dry it out or over-moisturize it, or if you don't follow a regular cleansing routine. Those with dry or oily, acne-prone skin might need a bit more trial and error to find the right product, but some general rules can be applied to all skin types. For many, gentle cleansers with few ingredients -- think baby wash -- clean dirt away effectively without damaging the skin.

Dealing With Oil

A lot of products advertised to help you clear up your acne will actually exacerbate the condition. Harsh astringents, facial scrubs with exfoliating particles and overly drying masks irritate the epidermis, which then reacts by producing more oil in self-defense. Instead of attacking oily skin, be kind to it by washing it twice a day, in the morning and before bed, with warm water and an oil-free, gentle cleanser. Then spot treat your acne breakouts with products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

Cleaning Combination and Dry Skin

Look for hydrating cleansers rather than soap for combination and dry skin. "Real Simple" recommends cleansing products with ceramides, glycerin, hyaluronic acid and organic moisturizers such as calendula. Wash and rinse gently with warm water, and do not scrub your skin. After you wash your face in the morning and at night, follow up with a moisturizer, and always wear sunscreen outside, even in winter.