It is recommended by most skin experts that black women should cleanse their skin at least twice a day. Contrary to what most African women have been told or grew up with, the word ‘gentle’ should be thought of when selecting a face cleanser. Sometimes exfoliating/abrasive cleansers can end up doing more harm than good. Apparently abrasive cleanser and scrubs can actually aggravate your skin causing irritation, darkening, and hyperpigmentation. In fact people who have acne, using such abrasives can worsen acne breakouts and scar the skin.
Most of us have grown up thinking that our skin is tough and therefore we need to give it tough treatment for it to be healthy. Well that philosophy is wrong. The opposite is actually the case. Because our skin is so prone to discoloration we need to be a lot gentler with it to avoid hyperpigmentation and other damage.
I remember watching my mom scrub her face raw with a buff puff, and I would think yes, that how to properly clean your skin. Hmmm my mom’s skin is different from my own oh. Whenever I tried to scrub my face like that, I always sorely regretted it. But aside from being gentle, you should also care for your skin according to your skin type. Whether your skin is dry, oily, combination, normal or sensitive, should also determine how you care for your skin.
Here are some tips on how to cleanse your face:
Dry skin: It is recommended that people with dry skin should wash their face only once a day, with a mild creamy and moisturizing cleanser.
Oily skin: Experts recommend that oily skin be cleansed about 3 times a day with a mild antibacterial cleanser, designed to reduce oil, breakouts, and blemishes. Look for face washes that have, tea tree oil, and or salicylic acid in them. Sulphur is another ingredient used for oily skin.
Combination skin: This is where you have an oily t-zone and normal or dry skin everywhere else. When cleansing you should start washing the oily zones first, and then work your way to the non oily areas last. Use a gentle glycerin base cleanser twice a day.
Normal skin: Normal skin is hardly prone to breakouts and irritation, so there is more flexibility in the cleansers that can be used for normal skin. It is still recommended washing twice a day with any cleanser of choice.
Sensitive skin: Wash sensitive skin anywhere from once or twice a day, and avoid products with alcohol, fragrance, propylene glycol, alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids. People with sensitive skin should look for extremely gentle cleansers that wont strip and irritate their skin