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Dermatologists Recommend Proper Way to Wash Your Face

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Did you know that how you wash your face can affect your appearance? According to Thomas E. Rohrer, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and member of the American Academy of Dermatology, being too rough on sensitive facial skin with your cleaning routine can have a negative impact on your face and how others see you.

“It’s important for people to treat the face with care. Never scrub the skin or use harsh products as doing so irritates the skin, which makes skin look worse,” says Dr. Rohrer.

In celebration of November as being the National Healthy Skin Month, the American Academy of Dermatology offers a “Face Washing 101” video on their website and on YouTube as part of their Dermatology A to Z: Video Series that offers informative and practical tips and demonstrations on how people can properly care for their skin, nails and hair at home.

The recently released video offers the following step-wise proper routine people should utilize for washing their face and keeping their skin healthy:

Step 1: Start with a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol.

Step 2: Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser. Avoid using a washcloth or mesh sponge because they are abrasive and can irritate your skin.

Step 3: Resist the temptation to scrub your skin because scrubbing also irritates the skin.

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Step 4: Rinse with lukewarm water—never hot water—and pat dry with a soft towel.

Step 5: Apply a moisturizer if your skin is dry or itchy. But be especially gentle when applying any cream around your eyes so you do not pull too hard on this delicate skin.

Further recommendations on the video by dermatologists is that you should limit your face washing to twice a day—once in the morning and once at night. However, if you are sweaty during the day from working or exercising and/or sweating while wearing a hat or helmet, then you should wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.

“If you have questions or concerns about caring for your skin, you should make an appointment to see a board certified dermatologist,” says Dr. Rohrer.

To find a board certified dermatologist in your area go to www.aad.org.

For an informative article about skin care techniques that you can do at home, follow this link to an article titled “Dr. Oz Show Reveals Dermatologist's Skin Care Secrets in Your Kitchen.”

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Reference: American Academy of Dermatology—“Face Washing 101”