The quick and dirty on how to wash your face

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I'm guessing the 99cents bar soap is not the business.

What are some quick tips on how a man should wash his face.

One thing I just discovered is muslin washcloths. I got one with a sample of facial cleanser and now wished is always used them. You can find them on Amazon. It's like very gentle exfoliation. You wouldn't think It a big difference but it is! And like with hair try to dump the sulfates. It's jus irritating and strips your face of protective natural oils.
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I use cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer consistently in the morning and night, afternoon too if I work out and get sweaty. It's not drying and has really improved my skin over time. I also use a facial scrubby pad from wal Mart every once in awhile for exfoliation. Another tip I got for YouTube for skin that's prone to break out is to use a different washcloth everyday instead of switching less often or drying off with same towel you use for your body/ washing your hands. So I bought a cheap pack of seven and switch em out.
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Now that I've hit menopause I mostly have to water wash. I discovered how fantastic a close weave muslin is to wash with!! I'm making more today. A lotion-y gentle exfoliated is nice once or twice a week. Even gentle cleansers seem to be too much and my skin soaks up moisturizer instead of it setting on too like it used to. It's been a struggle figuring out my "new" skin.
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I'm confused when you ask how to wash your face as a man, skin is skin. Granted men have thicker skin than women but it shouldn't affect how you wash your face.

Learn your skin characteristics, is it oily or dry, sensitive? Go from there. Buy a simple foaming cleanser like cetaphil and moisturiser and see how you go.

One thing I have to say is STAY AWAY from Mens skincare lines, they have exactly the same ingredients as skincare products aimed at women plus a heaping of cologne-like fragrance added in to make the prospect of washing your face 'manly', which is irritating and unnecessary.
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Personally, I first just wipe my face with a makeup-remover cloth / wipe to remove the daily grime etc. Then I'll hop in the shower / lean over the sink and wash my face with an actual face wash. Finish with a toner, then moisturise.

Not much to it really . . .
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Always wash with your hands. Washcloths carry germs. I always wash my hands and under my nails with a brush first. Use a face wash, not bar soap because bar soap can have germs just sitting there. Depending on whether you have trouble with acne, you can use a face wash with acne medicine or just a light wash. I use a gentle exfoliant daily to help with blackheads. I also use a toner and apply a light moisturizer.

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Always wash with your hands. Washcloths carry germs. I always wash my hands and under my nails with a brush first. Use a face wash, not bar soap because bar soap can have germs just sitting there. Depending on whether you have trouble with acne, you can use a face wash with acne medicine or just a light wash. I use a gentle exfoliant daily to help with blackheads. I also use a toner and apply a light moisturizer.

~Belle Bohemienne
Originally Posted by BelleBohemienne
Ah yes, exfoliating is also good! I only do that about once / twice a week though

You're right about washing with your hands I've always done that. I find wash cloths a bit unsanitary. Not sure why, maybe I'm weird :P

I am actually really interested in checking out that Soniclear thing though, especially for exfoliating days. I think that'd be great and really help to get into the 'nooks and crannies' of your skin.
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Always wash with your hands. Washcloths carry germs. I always wash my hands and under my nails with a brush first. Use a face wash, not bar soap because bar soap can have germs just sitting there. Depending on whether you have trouble with acne, you can use a face wash with acne medicine or just a light wash. I use a gentle exfoliant daily to help with blackheads. I also use a toner and apply a light moisturizer.

~Belle Bohemienne
Originally Posted by BelleBohemienne
Ah yes, exfoliating is also good! I only do that about once / twice a week though

You're right about washing with your hands – I've always done that. I find wash cloths a bit unsanitary. Not sure why, maybe I'm weird :P

I am actually really interested in checking out that Soniclear thing though, especially for exfoliating days. I think that'd be great and really help to get into the 'nooks and crannies' of your skin.
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
Not at all. I just think where my wash cloths go on my body to clean and it's gross to use it on my face. Sorry to be so graphic, but it's true. Let me know about that Soniclear. My blackheads aren't black just clogged pores and I use a removal tool twice a week and I use a face mask weekly too. But anything to simplify my routine would be great!

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I forgot! Always splash warm water on your face before washing and rinse with cold to open and close pores respectively.

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I went through a period of time with really bad acne and serious skin inflammation/irritation. Everything literally hurt my face. I finally quit it all. I use coconut oil at night to remove makeup and that's it. No cleansers. In the morning when I shower, I water wash my face only. No cleansers. My skin cleared up and the inflammation and irritation is almost totally gone (I have rosacea so it's never really gone completely). Occasionally I still use a spot treatment for the occasional bump (hormonal), but otherwise I try to use a as little on my face as possible and as natural as possible.

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Bar soap isn't great for skin or hair as its pH is too high. Somewhat acidic products (pH of about 5.5) are better. So stick to liquid cleansers, especially those that don't contain saponified ingredients. (Some people swear that pure, liquid castile soap does wonders for their face, so YMMV.) Just like with shampoo, face cleansers don't have to foam to be effective, and those that don't are often gentler.

Building a more detailed skincare regimen means you'll encounter a lot of gimmicks and impossible claims. So keep in mind that skincare companies are legally allowed to tell all the lies they want, as long as they don't falsely claim to prevent or treat an illness. Terms like "anti-aging" and "non-comedogenic" are unregulated and meaningless.
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I forgot! Always splash warm water on your face before washing and rinse with cold to open and close pores respectively.
Originally Posted by BelleBohemienne
Actually, pores don't respond to temperature that way. They only open and close in terms of being clogged or unclogged. Moist heat can help loosen clogs and make them easier to remove, but that's it.
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