Can you over wash your face?

Does the skin on your face and body ever feel overly sensitive and dry with flaking and redness f

Does the skin on your face and body ever feel overly sensitive and dry with flaking and redness flaring up unexpectedly? Skin sensitivity can be caused by many factors, from a change of season to stress and even hay fever, but it may also be a reaction to how you wash your skin. In fact, over cleansing is a common problem and is easier to do than you may think. So how much is too much and what products are best if your natural barrier function has been weakened?

Can you over wash your face?
Can you over wash your face?

How many times a day should you cleanse?

Cleansing the skin every morning and evening is an important part of any skincare routine as it helps to remove impurities, pollution and sebum from the pores. This step also aids the skin’s natural repair and renewal process that happens largely at night when the body goes into rest mode. But, if you’re using cleansers formulated with mechanical exfoliants or stripping ingredients that include alcohol, you may quickly leave the skin feeling overly sensitive.



What cleansers are best for sensitive skin?

The skin becomes sensitive when its natural barrier function is weakened by outside aggressors – including harsh skincare. This barrier is important as it’s responsible for keeping vital water and lipids in the skin which ensure it looks plump and feels comfortable. But, with the right skincare, this barrier can be strengthened and equilibrium restored.

When it comes to removing makeup and clearing the skin from impurities, a wipe-off milk like La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Dermo Cleanser is ideal. Designed for ultra-sensitive and allergy-prone skin, it will help to calm any sensitivity and redness with ingredients such as glycerine and La Roche-Posay’s Thermal Spring Water. If you prefer to use water to cleanse your skin, Toleriane’s Softening Foaming Gel is equally gentle and will instantly soothe the skin.



How should I cleanse sensitive skin on the body?

The skin on the body needs just as much care as the face and can become sensitive if its stripped of its essential oils. When your skin does react, try to minimise showers and baths to once a day and keep the water temperature moderate as very hot water can exacerbate skin irritation.

A soothing body wash that nourishes the skin with lipids will help your body feel instantly more comfortable. La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Lavant B5 Gel is designed to bring calmness to damaged, irritated, fragile skin by restoring the hydrolipidic film. It does this with a soothing formula that contains soothing panthenol, anti-bacterial metallic salts, glycerine and Thermal Spring Water. Apply straight away once you’re out of the shower or bath.

Lipikar Syndet AP+  will gently cleanse dry, itchy skin without damaging your protective barrier and lock in vital moisture, protecting against the drying effects of water. It is also suitable for eczema-prone skin. Its cream-gel formula is enriched with active ingredients including glycerine and shea butter, niacinamide and La Roche-Posay’s Thermal Spring Water. Apply it while the skin is still damp, taking care to moisturise particular areas of dryness.