Face washing in the shower? Tip of the Day 4-15-22
Washing your face in the shower might be causing more skin issues than you realize.
If you love a hot shower (🙋🏽♀️), skin experts say it’s best to wash your face separately, not while in the shower. Although it’s tempting to take care of everything all at once, hot water on the face strips it of natural oils, drying it out. When this happens, sometimes the body sends a signal to overproduce oils, which clog pores that could lead to acne. Hot water also causes rosacea to appear redder when blood vessels dilate.
Dermatologists say cooler water may be better when dealing with rosacea, but, cold water isn’t the way to go for everyone. Cold water doesn’t break down oils well, so it’s likely to leave more dirt and bacteria on your skin after a wash. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests washing your face with lukewarm water. This is sufficient for a good cleanse, and helps to better absorb skincare products. Washing your face twice a day (morning and night) is recommended.
Always see a dermatologist if you have lingering skin problems.