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Washing is one of the most important hygienic acts. Simply washing with water alone will rinse a lot of dirt and debris away from the skin, and help protect you from various bacteria, virus, and fungus. Plain tap water will remove about 65 percent of oil and dirt from your skin, but are not effective for removing cosmetics. This is where skin cleansers come in. They work as emulsifiers, helping to remove excess dirt and sebum (natural oil that the skin produces), bacteria, and cosmetics as well as dead skin cells. Cleansers especially help people with sensitive or irritated skin, or those who use topical treatments for their skin. For more information, read the rest of this article, or visit or for more general skin care information, visit

Why shouldn’t I just use soap?

Soap can work for you, but it may not be the best solution, particularly if you have dry or sensitive skin. Soaps can be strong and have the ability to wash away essential oils in the skin in addition to dirt, causing your skin to dry and become tight. For washing the face, most soaps are too harsh on the soft facial skin. The soap can remove the oil in the skin, making it susceptible to drying, bacteria, cellular damage, or plugged hair follicles. To maintain a healthy looking facial skin, washing using a mild cleanser that is formulated for your skin type is recommended.

Will cleansers work for my sensitive skin?

You may wish to try mild soaps. These products are perfume free and have no added color, making it less likely to be a source of irritation or allergic reactions.

What products should I use for washing oily skin?

If you have oily skin, your skin requires cleansers that are formulated for your skin type. Cleansers that are designed for oily skin wash off well. Products that are designed for acne prone skin may also work well for you, as they are suitable for those with oily skin as well.

What am I looking for in a cleanser?

You are looking for a cleanser that is right for your skin type. Cleaning the skin involves removing sweat, dead skin cells, excess oil, and other outside pollutants such as bacteria, smoke, or dirt. Find a product that does this without irritating or damaging your skin.

Remember that proper washing, moisturizing, and applying sunscreen are all simple steps that take less than five minutes each day, but can decrease skin aging by many years in the long run.


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