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Maintaining Healthy Skin: Cleansing

Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing the skin are the three key steps to maintaining healthy, beautiful skin.  Ethnic skin care requires special attention because of the skin being prone to dark spots, combination skin (oily and dry in certain spots especially on the face), discoloration, and other conditions that affect the body’s largest organ.  This article will discuss some of the appropriate methods to cleansing the skin.

The skin, our body’s largest organ, requires the proper cleansing techniques.  “What cleansers should I use?  How often should I clean my face?  Am I supposed to exfoliate?” Some may ask questions such as the previously mentioned ones; I will attempt to address the questions and more in this article.

What cleanser should I use?
Cleansing with gentle cleansers is essential in order to remove build-up from the skin without stripping the natural oils from its surface.  One should cleanse the skin in a circular motion using mild cleansers.   Mild cleansers have low percentages of active ingredients and do not contain harsh detergents, dyes, and hardeners.  Mild cleansers may be natural or synthetic.  They are not drying to the skin, yet they do not leave behind oil and dirt, remove poor clogging residue.  Some examples of gentle cleansers include: Neutrogena Cleansing Bar, Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap(diluted), Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, Pond’s Cold Cream, and Olay Foaming Face Wash.

How often should I cleanse my face?

This actually depends on the individual.  Oftentimes, people cleanse their faces depending on the results that they observe.  Upon my research and evaluating my results, I would recommend cleansing the face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.  This is not to be confused with deep cleanses, masks, etc.  The twice a day cleanses are the simple cleanses to be followed by a toner and a moisturizer.  Masks and deep pore cleansers should typically be used no more than twice a week, because if used more frequently, they could potentially be taxing to the skin.

Am I supposed to exfoliate?
Exfoliants are the elements that strip away dead skin cells.  Not to worry though; new skin cells develop after the exfoliation process.  Exfoliation is a healthy and safe process for the skin.  One should use mild exfoliants and avoid using harsh and/or abrasive surfaces that may scar and irritate the skin.  Exfoliation may be used to rejuvenate the skin.  You may choose to use a soft facial cloth, a sponge, or the tool of your choice to serve as a light exfoliant and to stimulate the process.  Examples of mild exfoliants are salts, sugars, grapeseed or rosehip seed powder, jojoba beads, poppy seeds, etc.

Always consult with your dermatologist before starting treatments and regimens for yourself.  This information is not a substitute for your doctor’s advice.