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What's the Best Cleanser for Your Face?

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I recently paid a visit to my esthetician, and luckily she had good news about my skin! When she completed my skin analysis, she informed me the condition of my skin is normal, and I had no congestion nor dehydration that is noticeable (my skin is balanced with the exception of my nose). I was relieved yet confused because the clarity of my skin is inconsistent. I had no idea why my skin had long clear spells then suddenly purged. I saw a dermatologist for this very reason, and according to her, there are no valid studies that prove food causes breakouts (yes, I blamed my eating habits, damn you Chick-fil-A).

My esthetician questioned what products I used, and I informed her the items that worked best for my skin. She quickly paused in astonishment; then she expressed that my skincare routine is not conducive for my balanced yet occasionally oily skin. I had no clue! I used a cream cleanser (it is very milky and lightweight when applied) and serum moisturizer, apparently my regimen was wrong! We discussed why my regimen was not ideal for my skin type, here's what I learned:

• Cream cleansers are ideal for dehydrated and aged skin
• Cream cleansers are best for removing makeup
• Foam cleansers are soap (unless otherwise is described)
• Foam cleansers that contain soap can cause your skin to mature faster
• Foam cleansers strip the skin of its natural oils causing the skin to tighten
• Cream cleansers are not good for combination and oily skin because the moisturizing film can cause congestion leading to breakouts
• Gel cleansers are less acidic than foam cleansers but not as alkaline as cream cleansers

What we concluded is that my skin may have better results with a gel cleanser. I have never tried a gel cleanser, so I am anxious to see the results. I am going on a Sephora haul soon to stock up on my cosmetics and find a fitted gel cleanser.

What type of cleanser are you using, and is it appropriate for your skin?
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