What is the Best Way to Wash Your Face?

by Shirley Chi, M.D.

Dermatologists Tips for Washing Your Face

How many times a day should I wash my face? Should I using exfoliators such as peach scrub or mechanical face brushes? These are two questions I often get from patients. 

I tell my patients with acne to wash their face twice a day, using an acne face wash in the morning (such as Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser) to remove all the oils that have accumulated on the face overnight. Follow with a light acne treatment moisturizer before applying sunscreen and make-up.  

In the evening, it is important to remove the day’s make up, dirt, and pollutants, all of which can exacerbate acne and premature aging. I recommend Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel as a nighttime oily removing cleanser. It delivers a deep clean without over stripping skin.  

For my own skin, I cleanse and gently exfoliate with Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel paired with a soft washcloth that I can slip onto my hand like a glove (a habit I picked up in France). I prefer this method for daily cleansing, and I recommend that patients stay away from exfoliating scrubs or mechanic face brushes more than once a week. Anything more could irritate the skin and worsen acne.