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Does Washing Your Face Cause Acne?

Jocelyn Langford
Written by
Jocelyn Langford

If you’re dealing with acne, you’ve probably heard these comments many times - “wash your face regularly”, “wash your pillowcase”,  “use this face wash for acne and get results in 7 days”… 


But what do all of these things have in common? 


They don’t work… 


No matter how many times a day you wash your face, no matter the product, you’re still left with more breakouts. 


But what if I told you they were never supposed to work? And that they were just myths created to sell more products? Sadly, these myths have led thousands of women like me and you to break out even more, and lose the confidence to fight this acne battle.


And finally… 


What if I told you that 99% of the skincare products claiming to have the best face wash for acne-prone skin have got it all wrong? 


I bet you’d want to know a lot more about it so let me ask you another question: 


When you think about having healthy, glowing skin, what do you think about first

If you’re like me - you’ve been led to believe it’s all about removing dirt, excess oil, and bad bacteria from your face. 

So, logically it’s easy to come to the conclusion that we need to wash our face regularly to remove this excess oil. With this reasoning, it would seem that stripping excess oil would prevent further acne.

The equation looks something like this: more oil = more acne, it seems to be a logical solution: wash your face = have clear, glowing skin. 


It’s not that simple... and the reverse effect can occur

At first, using some kind of a face wash for acne, or a cleanser should be a good choice, right? Sadly - no. You’ve probably been jumping from one skincare product to another, yet saw no results. There is a reason for this. 

Remember the equation I showed you above? 

Because of this myth, most skincare products are designed to remove dirt, makeup, and bacteria found on the face at all costs. However, it also strips down ALL of the oils from your skin (even the good) leaving you feeling tight and dry. 

Remember the squeaky clean feeling after washing your face? 

Not only does it not help, but …

It is actually damaging your skin! 

In fact, constantly stripping the skin with harsh cleansers can lead to accelerated aging and dry peeling skin.  

These products usually contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, that are designed to strip the oil off your face… 

Traditional bar soaps will also do this to your face and are not ideal for acne-prone skin because they disturb the acid mantle of the skin inflaming it more. 

Generally, ingredients in problematic skin cleansers contain ingredients to kill bacteria, which typically 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 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.  

Can you identify yourself in this situation? 

You wake up in the morning, go to the bathroom, use a face wash for acne-prone skin and by lunch, you’re pulling out an oil blotting paper. You may even wash your face again because you just can’t stand how oily your skin feels. 

That’s because your body senses this removal and more oil magically appears on your face, no matter what you try. 

The longer this goes on, the worse it gets 

So how can you wash your acne-prone skin without causing even more problems? 

Perhaps you have heard the advice “just leave 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 want to wear makeup. So, having the RIGHT skincare is important. It’s crucial to find the right combo that will help to remove bad bacteria, excess oil, and dead skin while not making you feel dry - but rather nourished.

A good
face wash for acne or a 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. And perhaps you’ve already tried applying jojoba to help with breakouts with no results. This one ingredient helps on the path to clear skin, but it should not be looked at as the sole answer for clearing up skin. 


You may already know this, but I’ll make it clear… 

Acne-prone skin is sensitive, nutrient-deprived, and stubborn 

It’s a delicate process of eliminating dead skin, removing 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 face wash for acne-prone skin full of chemicals, you can compare it to eating fast food on a daily basis. It will simply hinder your results…

And if you finally want to see results on your skin, here is the solution that has helped me and over 20.073+ women

Averr Aglow's Radiant Cleansing Nectar contains 14 plant-based, active ingredients. This combo of extracts and oil gives 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. 



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Jocelyn Langford
Written by
Jocelyn Langford
Jocelyn is an Editor and Copywriter at Averr Aglow. While she spends the weekdays wrapped up in words, weekends are reserved for everything beauty-related. When she’s not crafting a blog post or trying out a glitter-based makeup look, you’ll find her planning an exotic vacation, hunkered down with a good book, or bingeing The Office. Again.