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DOES WASHING YOUR FACE CAUSE ACNE?

DOES WASHING YOUR FACE CAUSE ACNE?

It seems that if you are battling with breakouts, many will tell you that you need to be cleaning your face regularly.

What if told you that if one little detail was left out, that it would actually cause you to break out more from cleaning your skin?

I’m willing to bet you would want to know about it.

When you think of cleaning your skin, you think of removing dirt, excess oil, and bacteria from your face. Perhaps you are familiar that excessively oily skin leads to breakouts.

So, logically it’s easy to come to the conclusion that we need to clean our face regularly to remove this excess oil. With this reasoning, it would seem that stripping the excess oil would prevent further acne. When you look at it from the view of more oil means more acne then this seems like it would be an easy solution. Logically, cleanse the excess oil and heal the breakouts. 

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple and the reverse affect occurs. At first thought, a cleanser designed with acne skin should be the right product for breakout prone skin. Sadly, no. Perhaps you have tried many face cleansers, jumping from one to the next, seeing no results. There is a reason for this. 

So, how do you know if your cleanser is causing you to breakout? 

Skin cleansers are designed to remove dirt, makeup, and bacteria found on the face.  However, most traditional cleanser remove all oil found on the skin leaving you feeling tight and dry. However, the oil produced in the pores is for our skin's protection. In fact constantly striping the skin with harsh cleansers can lead to accelerated aging and dry peeling skin. Most cases, if you find you have breakouts and your skin is dry, then it's your current skincare regimen is causing your dry skin leading to breakouts. So, when you turn to a face cleanser that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, these chemicals strip the oil off your face. Traditional bar soaps will also do this to your face and are not ideal for acne sufferers because they disturb the acid mantle of the skin inflaming it more. Generally ingredients in problematic skin cleansers contain ingredients to kill bacteria, which generally are harsh to the skin and leave it red and inflamed. This can be the case with even natural based cleansers because they can contain strong ingredients that strip the skin. If proper hydration is not restored in some way, the skin registers low levels of oil, sending a signal to produce more and to make up for this dryness leading to a vicious cycle of oily and dry. That squeaky clean feeling can be a sign that your cleanser is over drying your skin.  

Perhaps you have noticed this. In the morning, your face will be squeaky clean, but by lunch your pulling out a oil blotting paper. You may even wash your face again because you just can't take how oily your skin feels. Your body senses this removal and more oil magically appears on your face no matter what you try.

This leaves your body in a constant state of hyper oil production. The longer this goes on, the worse it gets. 

So how is one to clean their skin without creating more problems?

Perhaps you have heard of just leaving your skin alone. This will leave the natural oil on the skin. However, it does not address the component of getting rid of the excess bacteria that spreads and reproduces in the oil of your skin or the excess dead skin that builds up and clogs pores. Also, this leaves you in a conundrum if you are wanting to wear makeup. So, having the right skincare is important. Finding it's important to find the right combo that will help with bacteria, excess oil, and elimination of dead skin while not making you feel dry, but rather nourished. Cleanser plays an important roll in this care. 

A good cleanser should help unclog pores and reduce acne causing bacteria while still hydrating and balancing the pH of the skin. For example, jojoba oil is similar to the oil produced in your pores tricking the body into stopping excess oil production while still hydrating. Perhaps you have tried applying jojoba to help with breakouts with no results. This one ingredient helps on the path to clear skin progress, but it should not be looked at as the sole answer for clearing up skin. Why? Acne prone skin is sensitive, nutrient deprived, and stubborn. It's a delicate process of eliminating dead skin, reducing the bacteria, and reducing the excess oil. It's also important to help provide nutrients to the skin because the immune system generally has a hard time keeping up with the healing process when there is inflamed skin. This is where ingredients rich in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants come into play. Whatever is placed on the skin is absorbed into the body much like when food is eaten. So, if you are using low quality skincare full of chemicals, you can liken it to eating fast food on a daily basis. This will hinder your clear skin progress. 

Hello Aglow's Radiant Cleansing Nectar contains 14 plant based, active ingredients. This combo of extracts and oil give you the perfect balance of cleansing your skin, while hydrating it. It is actually a leave on cleanser, designed to sit on the skin and help with the above mentioned issues. Once you try it, you will never go back to your old cleanser.  You will never feel dry but rather smooth, hydrated, and restored. We are here to help you achieve clear skin and have that glowing complexion you never thought possible. 

Xoxo,

- L 💋

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