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Choose The Correct Cleanser For You
By Laurie Jamaitus August 16, 2011
By now we all know how important it is to wash our face twice a day, but unfortunately many of us remain in the dark about which cleanser to use. Bar soaps! Creams! Foams! Scrubs! Gels! Milks! There is a plethora of brands and formulations readily available—being confused is completely understandable. Until now.
It all boils down to this: You need to know exactly what you’re working with. Does your face feel incredibly dry immediately after you wash it? Does it feel oily and heavy? Do you have a set of pimples that just won’t go away? Guess what? Their staying power could very well be attributed to the products you purchased. (Talk about self-sabotage!)
“Finding the right cleanser for your skin type is very important,” says Dr. David Bank, President of the New York State Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. Be it dry, combination, oily, sensitive, or normal (lucky!), pinpointing your skin type is imperative to choosing the right products for you.
After you’ve figured out what category your skin falls in, shop for cleansers that cater to your specific dermal dilemma. As always, be sure to read the fine print. Below, Dr. Banks identifies five common skin stressors and the ingredients that combat them.
Philosophy On a Clear Day Oil-Free Foaming Acne Cleanser, $25 at Philosophy.com | Glytone Exfoliating Gel Wash, $24. Visit Glytone-Usa.com to locate a retailer near you.| Olay Total Effects Cream Cleanser Plus + Blemish Control, $5.99 at Drugstore.com
Mark That’s Deep Purifying Gel Cleanser, $8 at MeetMark.com | Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleanser Gel, $35 at PeterThomasRoth.com | Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Cleanser, $5.49 at Neutrogena.com
Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Gentle Cleanser, $39 at PerriconeMD.com (available after 9/15/11) | Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser, $25 at Clarisonic.com | DDF Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel, $32 at DDFSkincare.com
Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser, $6.49 at ShopCleanAndClear.com | Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution, $33 at Dermalogica.com | Neaclear Liquid Oxygen Facial Cleanser, $11.99 at Ulta.com
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