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.
But there isn’t just one “right way” to wash your face. Your skin is so unique to your personal situation that what works for someone else won’t necessarily work for you. Everyone will need something a little different.
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.
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 over-worked, the caveman method may calm inflammation and eliminate irritation, contributing to an improvement in your skin.
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.
This is the most ideal method for most people with acne.
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. Try COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser.
However, not everyone’s skin is suited for twice-daily cleansing, either. What about those of us with dry skin?
A few years ago, the oil cleansing method was making big waves in the skincare world. Everyone and their mum were oil cleansing, and so was I.
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.
Unfortunately for oily skin types like mine, oil cleansing can be too heavy to use on its own.
And now we come to my personal favorite cleansing method in the quest to get rid of acne: 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.
In the mornings, splash with water, use a micellar water or use a basic or treated cleanser. Whatever works best for your skin!
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.
Are you on the go a lot? Are you often too tired to take your makeup off? Facial cleansing wipes are a great option to wash your face in a pinch.
You can buy treated wipes like Yes to Tomatoes Blemish Clearing FacialWipes, which contain salicylic acid to fight breakouts.
Cleansing should leave your skin feeling good. 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.