Like many of my blog posts, this title question came from one of my regular readers and patients. She contends that because she religiously washes her face at night before bed, she does not need to wash her face in the morning as well.
On the face of it (no pun intended), that statement seems logical. However, most skin professionals do recommend washing your face in the morning in addition to the evening. Why?
A regular habit of washing the face in the morning is not because you have accumulated dirt and grime on your face during the night. However, your skin does accumulate sweat and bacteria during the night.
Your pillow case also compresses the sweat and bacteria into your skin, which can result in acne breakouts overnight. While this is not news you may want to hear, it is true, and your face will be all the better for having that bacteria washed out in the morning.
So, while you are washing your face twice a day, it is important to use a gentle cleanser. A few examples of such cleansers that we carry here at Maine Laser Skin Care and on our website are the Chamomile Facial Cleanser and the Lavender Creamy Cleanser Facial Wash.
Another important point of the cleansing process is to pat your face dry with a clean washcloth, and do not rub. You want to remove the external dirt, sweat and bacteria without stripping your skin of its natural protective barrier.
Cleansing your skin in the morning also reminds you to follow your daily skin care regimen of applying various products that protect and rejuvenate your skin. As always, I recommend that you finish off any skin care program with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to help maintain healthy and beautiful skin for the future. Again, we offer our multiple sunscreens at our office and online.
As long as your skin can handle a twice-a-day washing program without becoming too dry or irritated, cleansing your face both in the morning and at night is a fundamental key for skin care in all skin types. Remember that cleaning your face prepares your skin for whatever skin care products you use at night before bed and in the morning for the day ahead.
By maintaining this habit, your skin will look healthy and clean. Your pores will also be less likely to clog and appear larger and irregular.
While you might not wash all your troubles away, you can certainly reduce the troubles your skin will give you long-term. If you have any general questions similar to the title of this blog post, or more specific ones about your individual skin, please feel free to call us at (207) 873-2158 to ask, or you can schedule your next free and confidential consultation.