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Dishing The DIRT On Cleansing Part 1

Dishing The DIRT On Cleansing Part 1

The market has been flooded recently with a massive influx of different types of facial cleansers. It is important to remember that not all cleansers are created equal so let’s cut through the dirt to have a look at what you really need for a cleanser to perform.    A good facial cleanser must be mild and not disrupt the natural barrier function of the skin. You can choose from Water-based cleansers, Bar soaps, Powder Cleansers and and the FAD at the moment Oil cleansers ??? Which one shall I choose … that will not harm my skin but remove dirt, impurities and excess oil without irritation. The skins natural PH is around 5.6 ( slightly acidic) – water based cleansers can  come as a foaming cleanser and are recommended for normal, combination and acne-prone skin. A non-foaming lotion is usually an oil in water solution containing a lower lever of surfactant and are recommended for Dry or Sensitive skin.  Beware of brands adding active ingredients in their cleansers, such as AHA, BHA, vitamins or peptides. Cleansers are only in contact with face for an average of 20 sec and then simply washed down the drain. So there is no time for active ingredients to penetrate the skin layers.