Joel Schlessinger MD discusses skin mistakes you're making at the sink
Most people don’t think twice about their skin care routine. Cleanse twice a day and exfoliate twice a week. But even if you’re diligent about taking care of your skin, there are small mistakes that could undo all your hard work. In this blog, Joel Schlessinger shares skin mistakes you could be making at the sink.

The way you wash your face affects how your skin care products work, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

If you’re not cleansing correctly, oil, bacteria and other debris collect in your pores, preventing your skin care products from providing the best results. Before cleansing, wash your hands to remove any dirt and oil on your fingertips, which can transfer to your face and clog pores. If you’re wearing makeup, use a gentle makeup remover before cleansing to prevent irritation.

While washing your face, use tepid water as hot water will strip skin of its natural moisture and cause irritation. With most cleansers, you’ll only need to use about a dime-size amount. Massage the product into your skin for at least 30 seconds to help remove oil and debris. After rinsing the cleanser off your skin, splash your face with cold water and pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

Joel Schlessinger MD warns against cleansing with a washcloth.

While many people use a washcloth to exfoliate as they cleanse, Joel Schlessinger MD says it could do more harm than good for your skin.

“I recommend that my patients not use a washcloth when cleansing,” says Joel Schlessinger MD. “This is very irritating to the skin and ends up causing dry areas and even sores. Additionally, it frequently harbors bacteria that can make the face break out even more.”

For gentle exfoliation every time you cleanse, Joel Schlessinger MD suggests using a tool like Clarisonic Aria Skin Cleansing System along with your regular cleanser.

Properly washing your hands helps prevent the spread of bacteria, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

In addition to facial cleansing, it’s also important to pay attention to how you wash your hands. By practicing good hygiene, you can help prevent the spread of dangerous bacteria like MRSA.

Joel Schlessinger MD suggests washing your hands with CLn products. Bleach, the main ingredient in CLn, is a natural antibacterial that eliminates germs and bacteria without the worsening of antibiotic resistance.

Wet your hands with water, apply soap and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands under clean water and dry them with a clean towel. Then, use the towel to turn off the faucet. These tips will help you stay healthy and prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.

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Posted Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 2:52 pm
Filed Under Category: Skin Care, Skin Care Myths
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