What is Double Cleansing?
Double cleansing is washing your face with two types of cleansers. The first is a cleansing oil, and the second a water-based cleanser.
What is the origin of double cleansing?
This technique originated in Japan and Korea, as part of the 10-step skincare routine. Japanese geishas used oils followed by a foamy cleanser to remove their white makeup.
What are the benefits of double cleansing?
Fans of double cleansing are looking for a deeper, more thorough cleansing. Double Cleansing starts with an oil-based cleanser. The oil-based cleanser removes oily makeup, sunscreen, sebum, and pollution more effectively than a water-based cleanser. Once the oil-based cleanse removes the oily debris, the second water-based cleanser can penetrate more easily in the skin pores and perform its job.
What are the disadvantages of double cleansing?
Over-washing the skin is always a bad idea. The disadvantages of double cleansing are similar to the disadvantages if over-washing your skin. In most people with normal or dry skin double cleansing will damage the natural protective layer of the skin and cause severe skin dryness and irritation. In people with oily skin, double cleansing can cause the skin to produce more oil (sebum).
Who should use double cleansing?
For most people, double Cleansing does more harm than good. People with normal and dry skin will find that this technique over-dries their skin and makes it redder and more irritated. It seems that double Cleansing can be beneficial to people with very oily skin or very heavy or sticky makeup.
What is the best time to double cleanse?
The best time to double cleanse is in the evening when the skin is covered with oil, dirt, and pollution. There is no need to double in the morning. It will over-dry your skin.
Can double cleansing cause more acne?
The American Academy of Dermatology advises people with acne to avoid oil-based cleansers. People with acne or acne-prone skin should always look for oil-free products. Using oils and oil-based serums on acne-prone skin is a common cause of acne breakouts.
Should I use double cleansing at all?
Double Cleansing is not for everyone. It should be limited to people that wear thick makeup and people with very oily skin. Everybody else should look below for a mild cleaner. People with acne-prone skin would benefit the most from an oil-free cleanser with not more 0.5% salicylic acid for the face and 2% of salicylic acid for the body.