What’s the Biggest Skin Care Mistake You Can Make?

Cynthia Bailey, MD|December 1, 2016

Knowing your skin type is important.  All skin care starts with clean skin that can absorb correcting products and has balanced hydration that supports a healthy skin barrier.

Choose a cleanser that removes dirt, oil and product, but does not overly dry your skin. Wipes don’t really rinse away product, and unfortunately leave a residue of ingredients including preservatives and fragrance that can cause allergy or irritation. Choose a cleanser based on your skin’s needs – and no stronger.

Sensitive skin benefits from synthetic sensitive skin cleansers, or naturally made soaps that are rich in glycerin: 
1. Naturally Best Bar Soap 2. VaniCream Cleansing Bar 3. Toleriane Cleanser  

Oily and acne prone skin needs more cleansing and toning to remove oil: 
1. Naturally Best Bar Soap, followed by Naturally Hydrating Pore Minimizing Toner 2. Foaming Acne Cleanser followed by Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads

Problem complexions such as acne, rosacea or seborrhea prone complexions need medicated cleansers: 
1. Calming Zinc Bar followed by Naturally Hydrating Pore-Minimizing Toner (rosacea, pityrosporum folliculitis type of acne and seborrhea) 2. Foaming Acne Cleanser followed by Acne Treatment Pads (acne vulgaris)

The key to great skin and getting the most out of your skin regimen is knowing your skin type, and the implications that come with it. One product that works wonders for your friend with oily and acne prone skin may not work as well with your sensitve skin. One product that calms your rosacea may have no impact on your friend with sensitive skin. It is important to choose a cleanser based on your skin's needs -- and no stronger. 

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