From time to time, you may read a beauty article that claims you need never wash your face. Well, this isn’t really the message they’re delivering. Rather, the author is suggesting that facial treatments can do the job of soap and water. If you didn’t wash your face at all for seven days, there would be some unwelcome results. First of all, your skin would get too oily and, in contrast, there would be patches of dry, dead skin. Your pores would get clogged with oil and everyday dirt, and it’s quite possible that acne would be the result.
In the teen years, and even into the twenties, hormones cause an overproduction of facial oil called sebum. While this oil keeps the skin on your face from drying out, it can also build up if you don’t use a facial wash. It’s not just the oil that causes acne, but also the sweat and everyday grime that mix with it. Your face needs to be gently cleansed at night before bed and also in the morning. Overnight, some people have excess oil production, and this needs to be removed before any makeup is applied.
Pores help your skin breathe, and they protect your face by secreting oil that gets washed away along with dead skin and grime. However, if you don’t wash your face with soap and water or a facial wash, they can be a collection spot for sweat, dirt and bacteria. When this happens, they can get blocked, causing acne and even infection. This irritation can eventually lead to enlarged pores, which some people find unattractive. And it can be harder to create a flawless complexion with makeup if your pores are overly large. Cleaning your face regularly will wash away the oily blockage that keeps them open.
Removal of dead skin cells, or exfoliation, is one of the benefits of washing your face. A buildup of dead skin cells can make your face look dull and it encourages acne by allowing bacteria to build up. Even if your face is oily, there can be dry, scaly patches if the dead skin isn’t being properly scrubbed off. A layer of makeup on your face prevents moisture from reaching the lower layers of skin, and dry skin can lead to premature aging.
Washing the skin regularly removes bacteria that can cause rough, irritated and reddened skin. If the face has too much oil and grime on it, the bacteria can eventually multiply and cause acne cysts, blackheads and whiteheads. If you absentmindedly (or purposely) scratch your face where the acne is present, the spots may even become infected and lead to permanent scarring. The best treatment for acne is prevention, and using a facial treatment twice a day to remove makeup, oil, dirt and dead skin cells is the best way to avoid getting it.
The oil that our skin produces keeps the skin moist, and that’s a good thing. But it’s definitely too much of a good thing if you don’t wash it off each morning and evening, along with any built-up dirt and bacteria. Besides enlarged pores and acne, other irritating side effects of not taking off your makeup at night include makeup on the pillowcase and possible eye irritation. Wash your face! It’s the best beauty treatment you can find, and it’s free.