The American Academy of Dermatology has published some face-washing tips.
Washing your face may seem like such a simple activity that highlighting it may feel unnecessary.
For rosacea sufferers though, we know that a gentle skin care regime is important.
Starting your rosacea-beating regime with an irritating cleanse is simply going to make your skin much harder to manage.
What did the AAD recommend ? read on for more information.
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Nov. 13, 2012) – Washing your face is as simple as using soap and water, right? Not quite say dermatologists. How you wash your face can make a difference in your appearance.
For healthier-looking skin, Dr. Rohrer recommends people follow these tips to keep their face looking healthy:
- Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol.
- Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge or anything other than your fingertips can irritate your skin.
- Resist the temptation to scrub your skin as scrubbing irritates the skin.
- Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat dry with a soft towel.
- Apply moisturizer if your skin is dry or itchy. Be gentle when applying any cream around your eyes so you do not pull too hard on this delicate skin.
- Limit washing to twice a day and after sweating.Wash your face once in the morning and once at night as well as after sweating heavily. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin. Wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.
The list may at first appear obvious, but perhaps there are some subtle things in here that you may have missed;
How often do you wash your face?
There isn’t any exclusion described for extra oily skin. I wonder if you find this useful advice – only sweating is listed as being irritating enough to require immediate removal.
Lukewarm Water and Fingertips
Is the temptation to use a washcloth too strong for you to resist? Rosacea skin can be easily irritated, but what about that extra sticky makeup or sunscreen?
Always use a Moisturizer
Again this hint may at first appear obvious, but it was a good find for me, especially as a male. Does anyone think that they can get away without a moisturizer ?
I would add to this list, especially coming from a climate with many hours or strong sunlight each day that rosacea sufferers should always use a sunscreen.
This List Too Simple?
I’m sure many rosacea sufferers will look at this list and feel it is too simplistic. Maybe that is the point though – keep your daily skincare regime simple.