Now that spring is here, we are all working in our yards and homes, getting ready for the outdoor season. It is a good time to evaluate how we are preparing the largest organ of the human body, our skin, for the coming spring and summer months. It is also a good time for us to try to repair our skin from the drying winter months. The ABC’s of good skin care are: Cleanse, Exfoliate, Hydrate and Protect. Let’s start with cleansing. We all think that we know how to cleanse the skin. A good facial cleanser should be water soluble, gentle, rinse off easily, cleanse effectively and not irritate the skin. In general bar soaps are to be avoided as the materials that cause them to retain the bar shape can be pore clogging and drying. Over scrubbing the skin can strip the skin of its protective oils and barriers, which can lead to irritation and in some cases, worsen acne. High pH levels can also create a more drying of the skin as well. The best cleansers are those with a low alcohol content to avoid drying out drier, more sensitive skin types. Detergent based cleansers will work for most skin types except those that are very dry or sensitive. Cleansers with alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxyl acids are helpful to provide exfoliation, but in a cleanser form, may not be in contact with the skin long enough to have a significant effect.
The Clarisonic brush, which is available for purchase at our Indianapolis and Carmel skin care center, PhasesTM, uses an ultrasonic technique to remove the dirt and dead cells in a gentle fashion. The manufacturer says it removes six times more makeup than manual cleansing. In our use in the practice, we have found it is an excellent tool to gently cleanse and remove the bacteria and debris from the skin, while avoiding abrading the skin, and maintaining an intact healthy protective barrier. Clarisonic results
In my next blog I will talk about exfoliation.
Dr. Jan Turkle