How to Wash Your Face


How often should I wash my face?

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that you wash your face once in the morning, once at night, and once after you play sports or work up a sweat. Washing after you sweat is especially important if you have been wearing a hat, helmet, or any other accessory that is held tightly against your skin.

How much is too much?

Washing your face twice a day is important, but exceeding the recommendations above can cause your skin to dry out. Use gentle products: Don’t use any products that irritate your skin. These typically include products with alcohol, astringents, toners, and exfoliants. Products that irritate your skin will cause further inflammation. This makes the acne more noticeable and last longer.

Do’s and Don’ts:

Do gently apply your facial cleanser.

Don’t scrub your face with a washcloth, mesh sponge, or any other rough material. Rubbing your face may irritate your skin and worsen your acne.

Do Use lukewarm water to rinse your face

Don’t use hot or cold water. Cold water is never fun and hot water can irritate your skin.

What is the best face wash for acne prone skin?

We  wrote an article about the Top 9 Best Face Washes for acne prone skin. You can see the summary below, or click the link above to see a more detailed investigation into the best face wash for your skin.

The most effective acne face wash will have benzoyl peroxide as an active ingredient. Here are the top 3 best rated washes, all of which you can purchase online.

5% Benzoyl Peroxide Wash

by Topix


2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide Wash

by Jan Marini


4% Benzoyl Peroxide Creamy Wash

by Panoxyl


If benzoyl peroxide irritates your skin, salicylic acid will be your next best bet.

Clear Days Ahead Cleanser

by Philosophy


LHA Salicylic Cleansing Gel

by SkinCeuticals


Clenziderm Daily Foaming Cleanser

Obagi Medical


If you have very sensitive skin, or if you already have an acne medication, you will want to use a gentle cleanser.

Daily Facial Cleanser

by Cetaphil


Bioglycolic Facial Cleanser

by Jan Marini


Foaming Facial Cleanser



For those with moderate to severe acne:

Acne face washes cannot be the primary treatment for moderate to severe acne, but rather an addition to your other medications. When applying more effective medications, like topical retinoids, the acne wash is still important because it clears away dirt and bacteria from the opening of your pores, and allows the topical retinoid to penetrate the skin and work more effectively.

If you have moderate to severe acne, topical retinoids are not hard to obtain. All you need to do is consult with a dermatologist, who will write you a prescription for the medication.

YoDerm is the only way to get your prescription acne medication online. Each of our dermatologists are board-certified and will treat your acne within 24 hours. If you’re struggling to get clear, click here, and let us help you.

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