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Is Your Cleanser Really Working? Tips to finding the one that's right for you.

If you wake up in the  morning and find that the products you used on your face yesterday are on your pillow even though you washed your face, your cleanser is not working for you. Cleansing is a necessary step in any skin care regimen. Using one that works with your skin type is key.

First, figure out which skin type you are: Sensitive, Dry,  Normal or Oily, and then use a product that is made for your skin type.

If you don’t know which you skin type you have, here are some clues:

  • Sensitive skin is easily irritated by chemicals and the environment, generally has finer pores, appears thinner, can be more prone to broken capillaries and may flush easily.
  • Dry skin can be flaky, feel itchy, is easily irritated and may feel tight after cleansing.
  • Normal/ Combination skin will generally have medium size pores, healthy coloring and a smooth, even texture. The t-zone may be more prone to oil build up, while the cheeks may be more prone to dryness.
  • Oily skin tends to appear shiny with enlarged pores, and can be prone to blackheads and blemishes.
If you have Sensitive or Dry skin, you will want to use a gentle cleanser that does not contain harsh exfoliants. Look for an enzyme based cleanser or gentle foaming cleanser that contains skin calming ingredients like Aloe Vera Gel. Recommended product DermaSpaRx Enzyme Facial Cleanser. The gentle enzymes remove makeup, dirt and impurities without stripping away the skin’s natural moisture, leaving the skin clean yet soft and smooth. Try to avoid using hot water as this can further irritate your sensitive skin.
If you have Normal, Combination or Oily skin, you will want to use a cleanser with a little more power. Alpha Hydroxy Acids have been called the “skin miracle” – a group of organic carboxylic acids used for centuries to cleanse, exfoliate and improve the texture of the skin. AHAs are able to penetrate the pores deeply for a better cleanse. AHAs can be irritating, so you should try the cleanser sparingly at first to make sure your skin can handle it. Recommended product DermaSpaRx AHA Facial Cleanser. This cleanser contains alpha hydroxy acids and anti inflammatory agents to exfoliate, remove excess oil and damaged skin, leaving a healthy, youthful glow.
Cleansing is something you should do once in the morning and once before bed. This step allows your moisturizer and anti-aging products to absorb better and do their job. It only takes a minute, but it makes a big difference in your overall skin health.
Dr. Richard Asarch, M.D.
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