Different Skin, Different Cleanser

“Walking down the skin care aisle at your pharmacy or grocery store can often raise more questions than answers,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, board-certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. Even choosing staple products like a cleanser can be confusing if you don’t know what you’re looking for. With different ingredients and active agents, it is important to match your products to your skin type and composition.

Does It Matter Which Type Of Cleanser I Use?

Side view of a shirtless young man washing face in the bathroomWithout sounding too dramatic, it is extremely important to use a cleanser that is a good match your skin. If you have dry or sensitive skin, aggressive exfoliating agents can cause your skin to become inflamed, more dry, even cause eczema or acne breakouts. This is why it is imperative that you understand the ingredients in your skin care products, and what they can offer your skin!

Glycerin-based Cleansers

What Do They Do?

“These cleansers are phenomenal for those who are looking for more hydration in their skin,” mentions Dr. Hanson. Dr. Hanson practices at Sanova Dermatology and treats patients with medical and aesthetic skin concerns. Glycerol is a potent humectant, delivering moisture and hydration to the skin. “These products help patients achieve a smoother skin texture, while also providing a soothing effect for the skin.”

Who Are They For?

Glycerin-based cleansers are great for patients that experience consistent dryness, as well as those who are prone to redness or skin irritation.

Exfoliating Cleansers

What Do They Do?

Exfoliating cleansers are designed to remove the top layer of skin cells that can clog pores and lead to a dull complexion. “Cleansers with Salicylic or Glycolic Acid provide chemical exfoliation to the skin, as opposed cleansers that have sodium bicarbonate, or beads. These are considered physical exfoliating agents,” notes Dr. Hanson. Exfoliation is a great way to expedite the turnover of dead skin cells, leaving the skin with a healthy glow. This exfoliating effect can also offer help with retexturizing the skin, and can have anti-inflammatory properties as well.

Who Are They For?

Exfoliating cleansers are good for patients with acne-prone skin. It is also good for oily skin types, as it helps to dry up the area and slough off those cells.

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