August 01, 2018 5 min read 0 Comments

How to wash your face with acne

By: Samantha Rizzo

Did you know that your cleansing routine can make or break the rest of your skincare? It’s true, and if you want to know how to get rid of acne, you must know how to properly wash your face.

If you’ve ever wondered how to wash your face the right way, you’re not alone. I mean, how hard could it be? Just splash some water on your face, rub in a little cleanser, and rinse, right? Well, yes, it can be that simple for some people. But figuring out how to properly wash your face for your specific skin takes a little more work than that.

There are plenty of benefits to washing right, says Dr. Zeichner. Removing grime and debris can help prevent acne breakouts. Ridding your skin of pollution buildup “minimizes free radical damage caused by particulate matter in the air, which is associated with premature aging,” he adds. What’s more, washing your face is key to removing dead cells that build up on skin and contribute to dullness — slough these off and you expose healthier, more radiant skin.

Did you know that it’s not only the way you wash your face that makes the difference? It’s also when, how often and what products you’re using to wash your face with.

Luckily there are several ways to cleanse and send those pimples packing. Below are 4 ways to wash your face if you’re wondering how to get rid of acne.

  • Caveman Routine
  • Twice A Day Cleansing
  • Oil-Cleansing Method
  • Double Cleansing

1)Caveman Routine -Let’s start with the lowest maintenance: the caveman routine.

The concept behind the caveman routine is not to do anything to your skin – at all. No cleansing, moisturizing or using sunscreen, and the strictest variation even requirement with water. This method allegedly normalizes your skin and enables it to self-regulate. Many even claim the caveman routine cleared their acne when nothing else could.

Although not my preference as the best acne-fighting option, the caveman routine may be suitable for those who want a minimalistic routine, or who have ultra-sensitive skin. If your skin is overworked, the caveman method may calm inflammation and eliminate irritation, contributing to an improvement in your skin.

Thecaveman regimen is basically like the paleo diets of skincare, it urges for acne sufferers to go back to extreme basics. I'm talking absolutely nothing touching your face, no makeup, no skincare, no hands, not even water for a whole 30 days. You can't pick, scratch, or touch your face during this time period while your skin rebuilds and re-balances itself. The theory being that a lifetime of chemical filled acne treating products may be irritating your skin and disrupting its acid mantle. By giving your skin a break, you’re allowing it to function on its own and naturally heal itself as nature intended- without the disruption from other topical. Of course, this won't work for everyone but if you've tried everything it might be worth a shot.

But for those with deeper underlying problems (like genetic and hormonal contributors), the caveman routine may not be the best option for how to get rid of acne after all. If no cleansing, no makeup, no moisturizer and no sunscreen sounds more like torture than freedom, then there are still 3 more cleansing methods you can try.

2)Twice A Day Cleansing- Twice-a-day cleansing involves using a gentle cleanser in the morning, and another cleanser (it can be a different one altogether) at night. Acne-prone skin is commonly linked with oily skin types, so cleansing twice a day helps to eliminate oils that might feed the bacteria or clog your pores.

Some may prefer to use cleansers treated with salicylic acid, tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur to really kick up the cleanser’s acne-fighting abilities. However, this usually isn’t necessary and might end up hindering your skin by drying it out.

If you’re cleansing twice a day, use a hydrating, low pH cleanser that leaves your skin feeling clean but not dry or uncomfortable. Best recommendation for this would be the Banish All Clear Mint Cleanser.

To help prevent pimples, it’s important to remove excess oil, dirt, and sweat daily.Washing your face more than twice a day may make acne worse, however.

3)Oil-Cleansing Method- The oil cleansing method involves gently massaging a pure or mixed oil into the skin and then removing it with a hot cloth, warm water, and/or steam (the heat helps lift the oil out of your pores).

Since oils are more effective at moving oils than water, oil cleansing makes for a deep clean that doesn’t dry out the skin. Using skin-similar oils like jojoba will ensure your oil doesn’t contribute to breakouts, too. And because oil cleansing only needs to be done at night, you can choose whether you want to cleanse in the morning or just rinse with water.

Now, cleansing the face with oil is going mainstream. Even well-known companies like Neutrogena have an oil cleanser in their product lineup. Many women have turned tooil cleansing as a way to gently remove makeup, soothe sensitive skin, and tame unrelenting breakouts.

The basic idea behind slathering your face in oils in the name of cleaning is that “like dissolves like.” In other words, putting clean, nourishing oils on your skin is intended to:

  • lift excess sebum, the oily substance produced by glands on your skin
  • clean out clogged pores like blackheads and whiteheads
  • remove dead skin, pollutants, and makeup

Best product for this would be the Banish Oil (Vitamin C Serum)

4)Double-Cleansing- Double cleansing involves using an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser in the evenings. The oil-based cleanser removes heavy products like sunscreen and makeup, while the water-based cleanser removes any remaining oil cleanser. This leaves you with clean skin, which is ready for the next steps in your routine.

 A deep cleanse is never more essential than in the evening, although it's more than just a way to remove post-work make-up.4 Double cleansing helps remove sweat, bacteria and old skin cells, according to Dr. Anjali Mahto, a consultant dermatologist of Cadogan Clinic.

Double cleansing isn’t for everyone, either. If your acne gets worse with the double cleansing method, try using just an oil-based cleanser or any of the other cleansing methods listed here.

The tips or ways don't stop with these 4 steps… actually there are a lot more on how you can wash your face and prevent any acne breakouts than just washing your face.

  • Wash Your Face Twice A Day
  • Use A Mild Cleanser
  • Apply An Acne Fighting Agent
  • Moisturize
  • Exfoliate
  • Get A Good Quality Sleep
  • Pay Close Attention To Your Makeup
  • Relax
  • Cut back on sugar
  • Quit the habit of smoking

Cleansing should leave your skin feelinggood. If your skin ever feels tight, dry, or irritated after cleansing, scale it back and give your skin a break. Remember, your skin changes all the time, and these routines are flexible, so it might take some tweaking to get it right.


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