Cleansing too often isn’t going to help the skin. The skin needs some natural oil to be healthy (yes, oil can be a good thing). Cleansing too often can strip the skin of its natural oil, leading to over-dryness and irritation.
Generally, a twice-daily cleansing is enough to remove dirt, excess oil, and makeup without stripping the skin. If you’ve been exercising, are sweaty or especially dirty (like, after working in the yard) you can throw an extra cleanse in there for good measure.
And make sure you always wash your face before bed to cleanse away the grime and oil from the day, and leave your skin ready for those topical acne medications.
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