When you use any face wash always use warm water. Your skin has a barrier that protects you from harsh weather and other environmental factors. If you strip this barrier off, your skin will become red, irritated, sensitive and will likely breakout more.
step 1: splash your face with warm wet so it is nice and wet
step 2: foam up face wash in hands then gently apply to face. (do not rub in circular motions, apply to one section so bacteria does not spread)
step 3: let the face wash sit on your face for 30 seconds (so any medicine or whatever is in the face wash can do its job)
step 4: gently wash the face wash off with warm water
step 5: gently pat your face with a fresh towel, do not rub
You should try and use a gentle exfoliator 2 to 4 times a month. Do not use anything with beads or harsh granules which can rip the skin. The exfoliator can be very useful in curing acne and fading any dark marks. An exfoliator helps to remove dead skin cells and extra oil that sits on the surface of the skin, causing clogged pores. Healthy skin regenerates itself every 28 days, but oily skin needs to remove the dead skin faster so that it does not become plugged up.
>Chiming in to agree with the other two posters on the warm vs. hot water and try not to scrub your face. I also use the Cetaphil foam face wash for acne prone skin and I really like it. It IS gentle enough for me without over drying. I wash my face 2x/day, use luke warm water and massage into skin for about 10 second. I never exfoliate; using your hands naturally does that. I've stayed with this regimen for years after my derm recommended it.
Ok, so all my life basically I've been using hot water to wash my face, shower.. Is this the reason why I've still been getting acne no matter what, because I'm using hot water? I use hot water, really hot, everytime I shower. I use hot water on my face like 3-4 splashes then apply the foam than use cold water.. But I still got acne.
So should I stop using hot water overall?
Also, what exfoliator do you recommend? I used Clean n Clear 3-in-1 but it had microbeads in it, since you say they're bad, I won't use it. I haven't used it in months anyways.
Also, you say not to do it in circular motions, how else do I put it on my face/neck then? I just put it on my hands and dab it all over?
Hot water is likely not the reason you have acne, but it could definitely be making the problem worse. I would quit using hot water and start using warm water. Try the warm water trial out for a week and see if anything has improved just from that single change. There are lots of types of exfoliators, it depends on what you like best and your skin type. What type of skin do you have and acne severity? With washing your face, trying and swipe it on, if you can picture that. Like swipe it across your forehead from left to right and do that repeatedly, with other areas of your face too. That way if you have any acne lesions, you wont irritate them by rubbing in circular motions.
My acne severity isn't severe or mild or anything. It's just like past 2-3 years, I'd always have 1-3 pimples. Sometimes I would have none, its like I have a clear face but I always get 1-3 pimples if I don't have any. So there's like always at least one pimple at all times. Not sure anymore.