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This is my first post on IMBB. I am planning to buy a cleanser and I need your advice in selecting a good one. I don’t have much knowledge about cosmetics or beauty products. All I use is just a face wash and a suncreen, and I am ready to go.. Now since i’m a follower of IMBB I would like to know more about pampering my skin. I know the first step to a beautiful skin is a clean & clear skin. So I would like to get myself a nice Cleanser. I have a combination skin (a little on the dry side with a oily T zone) and I live in Chennai so I don’t need to tell you people the damage done by sun to my skin 🙂
A cleanser is a facial care product that is used to remove make-up, dead skin cells, oil, dirt and other types of pollutants from the skin of the face. This helps to unclog pores and prevent skin conditions such as acne.
Many people use a cleanser once or more times a day as part of their skin care regimen together with a toner and moisturizer.
Using a cleanser to remove dirt is considered to be a better alternative to soap or another form of skin cleanser not specifically formulated for the face for the following reasons:
* Soap has a high pH (in the area of 9 to 10), and skin’s natural pH is 5.5. This means that soap can change the balance present in the skin to favor the overgrowth of some types of bacteria, exacerbating acne.
* Bar cleansers in general, soap or not, have thickeners that allow them to assume a bar shape can clog pores, leading (once again) to acne.
* Using soap on the face can remove natural oils from the skin that form a barrier against water loss. This causes the sebaceous glands to subsequently overproduce oil, a condition known as reactive seborrhoea, which will lead to clogged pores. Conversely, in order to prevent drying out the skin, many cleansers incorporate moisturisers.
— From Wikipedia