When I do my skin consultations I always ask my clients what their home care regimen is like, and 50% of the time the person is using the wrong type of cleanser for their skin. Using the correct type of cleanser can make a world of difference!
Oily/Acne Skin Type
If you are someone who has overactive oil glands it can be very frustrating trying to get that under control. One of the easiest solutions can be to change up your cleanser. The best cleansers for you would be a gel or foaming cleanser. They’re the best at drying out your skin and soaking up that excess oil.
If you have acne prone skin, using a gel or a foaming cleanser will dry out those pimples and help them clear up faster. If the cleanser contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide that’s even better for your acne. They’ll kill the trapped bacteria in your pores and will help reduce inflammation.
Cystic acne is a different story. If you suffer from this condition it’s important for you to see a dermatologist who can prescribe medicated skin care or creams that will assist in clearing up your skin. You can never go wrong with a sensitive cleanser without added fragrances, though. Stay clear of anything abrasive that could break open the pustules and spread the bacteria. That will only make things worse!
Dry skin isn’t fun, either. It can be itchy, flaky and rough, causing your makeup to go on unevenly. For you it’s important to use a cleanser that is creamy or milky. You want to avoid using anything that could dry your skin out more, so that means no exfoliating cleansers, scrubs, or gels and foams.
Making sure you’re drinking lots of water is very beneficial, too. It will hydrate your skin from the inside-out.
If you have sensitive skin then you understand how important it is to use the correct skin care for your skin type. You can’t use just anything. You have to look for certain ingredients, and have to avoid certain things that could cause a negative reaction. The best thing for someone with sensitivities is to use a milky cleanser, with no fragrances. Keep it as plain as possible.
If you have rosacea that you can’t get under control, then make sure you see a dermatologist who can prescribe a cleanser to even out your complexion and help get rid of the redness and bumps.
If you’re starting to notice fine lines and wrinkles then it may be time to switch to a cleanser specifically to help reverse the aging process. Usually those cleansers are creamy or milky, and have ingredients like retinol, Vitamin C or other antioxidants, or alpha hydroxy acids.
For you it’s important to treat your skin very delicately. Don’t stretch the skin, and be very gentle when removing any eye makeup to avoid damaging the elasticity in your skin. Drink lots of water to help flush out toxins and to hydrate your skin from the inside-out.
See A Professional
If you haven’t found something that works for you yet, you can always go see a professional. Schedule a facial that will include a skin consultation and make sure you express your concerns with your esthetician. They’d be happy to give you some recommendations and work with you to find the right cleanser for your skin.
*I begin taking clients again on May 12, so if you’re in the Tulsa area and need some assistance then come visit me at Ihloff Salon and Day Spa. I’d be happy to evaluate your skin and get you started on a new regimen.