We've also received numerous enquiries in the last 3 weeks on troubled skin and the best cleanser to use. I thought I would share a little known fact that you can really clean your face with soap and water for sensitive and acne-proned skin. Less is more, no rocket science. The determinant is using the right kind of soap. And no, you cannot scrub your acne away despite advertising claims.
1. Big white foam and rich lather is actually damaging to sensitive and acne skin.
Many of you think unless a soap lathers and produces a lot of suds, it is not cleansing or effective. The opposite is exactly what sensitive and acne skin need. The problem with washing your skin with bubbly soap or even other types of rich foaming cleanser lies in your pores. Foam narrows pores by drying them out and tightening the skin around them. Small bubbles do not force soap into pores and rinse off easily. Generally speaking, stay away from soap with synthetic fragrance, colour and Tetrasodium EDTA.
2. Choosing the right soap
100% natural is without doubt the best choice. After you have washed your face, you should not feel any tightness around your skin or the following effects:
- Flakiness - Soap that contain alcohol or foaming agents often cause this.
- Redness or irritation - You have broken down your skin natural barrier!!
- Break out or rash - You are not allergic to soap. I repeat, this is not an allergy to soap. Your skin is reacting to certain ingredients in the soap such as a hard oil, foaming agent, synthetic fragrance, floral ingredients and herbal extracts. These are known common irritants to soap users.
So there you go, the right soap can make acne, rosacea and light skin damage better. But you have to be very careful with what you clean your face with and also what you put on them thereafter. Chemicals and corticosteroids may treat them faster, but your skin cells grow reliant on them and often than not, they come back worse than before.