Hot take: put down the f**king anti-acne face washes unless you legit have very oily skin. If I had a dime for every person who has written me who was using an anti-acne face wash because they got a few pimples one time and now has skin issues, I would be filthy rich right now. Getting occasional breakouts or hormonal acne does not mean you have an oily skin type. Anti-acne face washes are meant to reduce acne, and are not selective in how they do it. If you have normal or dry skin and get some zits and start using an anti-acne face wash all over your face, you will strip your skin of the moisturizing factors it needs to function properly. Your barrier will be compromised, and your skin will be constantly inflamed. Inflammation with regards to skin causes premature aging, and long term, rosacea. It’s way better to spot treat pimples if you don’t have oily skin. If you only get a few pimples, or get hormonal acne, you should be treating those areas in a more targeted way, so you don’t damage the skin on the rest of your face in your quest to get rid of your breakout.

Another issue that happens when you use an anti-acne face wash improperly is that you strip NMFs (natural moisturizing factors) and oils from your skin, which causes your skin to overproduce oil to put it back. If you notice that your skin feels tight and dry right after you wash it, and then by late afternoon you are an oil slick, you are in this cycle. 90+% of the people who write me with this issue are using a face wash that is stripping their skin.

Instead of an all-over anti-acne face wash for your combination/normal/dry skin, use a mild, anti-inflammatory face wash. Use a spot treatment, mask, or oil control moisturizer in the area that has pimples. Moisturize the rest of your face appropriately for your skin type. Your skin will thank you for it. #themoreyouknow

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