NYC dermatologist shares skincare advice he gives his patients
- What is Proper Cleansing and Why Is It Important?
- What Ingredients Should I Look for?
- How Do I Choose a Cleanser for Acne-Prone Skin?
- Is Makeup Removal Really Important?
Make sure to thoroughly cleanse the entire face up to the hairline and below the jawline. When skin is properly cleansed, there will be less opportunity for clogged pores and the rest of your routine will be more effective. Skip cleansing your face just one night and you can likely expect at least one pimple in the next month.
Ingredients make all the difference in a cleanser. Look for antioxidants to protect against free radicals, salicylic acid to help clear your pores, or witch hazel to act as a natural astringent.
Cleansing is critical to healthy skin. Many people in their twenties continue to use the same harsh cleansers and drying astringents they relied on when they were oily and acne-prone teenagers, but skin changes as you get older, even if it’s not obvious. At this phase of your skin’s life cycle, your oil glands are starting to shrink, so acne-fighting and mattifying products cause redness, flaking, and irritation. The logical response is to switch to a heavier moisturizer, but that can make the problem worse with heavy ingredients that could clog pores. Instead, ensure you’re washing with a gentle cleanser that’s formulated for your skin type, which can stop the cycle of dryness and breakouts, and make sure to exfoliate daily.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is not properly cleansing and removing makeup before bed. One should always remove ALL makeup from the face before going to bed at night. Leaving makeup on the skin enlarges the pores, which is a sign of aging. Additionally, leaving makeup on the face could lead to inflammation, which can generate free radicals and collagen breakdown. If your skin is maintained properly, its natural healing powers will be maximized, and it will stay in better condition, looking younger for a longer period of time.