Which Face Wash Should You Use And Why?


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Some could be lucky enough to be blessed with healthy and clear skin, but that’s not the case with everyone. It is precisely why skin care plays a vital role in our lives. However, with plentiful options, it becomes a challenge to find the right products. The first step in any skincare routine begins with cleansing and requires using the right face wash. Using products suitable for your skin type is half the battle won. Therefore, we’ve brought you a guide that will help you understand how to choose the right face wash and other crucial aspects. 

What Does a Face Wash Do?

A good face wash helps remove dirt and oil build-up. It also helps boost skin hydration levels and maintain clear skin.

Regular Soaps vs Face Wash: Which One is Better?

Most skin experts advise people never to use bar soaps on facial skin. Given below are few points to elaborate it:

pH Balance 

Our skin naturally has an “acidic” layer that acts as a barrier layer to protect it. However, a regular bar soap that is more “basic” in nature kills the bacteria and the skin’s acidic layer. In simple terms, soap neutralises the basic properties of skin, leaving it exposed to possible harm.

Skin Type 

You may have noticed that bar soaps hardly mention skin types. So, if your skin type is “dry” and comes in contact with such a bar soap, it can probably cause severe dryness and skin issues like inflammation, acne etc. 


Sometimes, the ingredients in bar soap tend to be too harsh for the facial skin as it differs from the skin on your body. It often leads to allergic reactions or increased sensitivity. Hence, dermatologists suggest everyone to switch to Face Wash/cleansing gel instead.

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How to Choose the Right Face Wash Based on Your Skin Type?

Face Wash for Normal Skin

Normal skin type needs ingredients that help balance the pH of the skin and are mild. It usually requires no further benefits from the face wash than removing dirt and dead skin cells.

Face Wash for Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, a water-based face wash or cleanser is what you should be looking for. The aim is to balance the excess oil secretion, which aids in reducing the risk of pores getting clogged and infected. Avoid using a face wash that contains oil or alcohol, as it can worsen your skin condition. Unlike normal skin, you would need a product that can aid in balancing the pH levels to ensure healthy-looking and supple skin. 

Face Wash for Dry Skin

As for this skin type, a gentle or oil-based cleanser with moisturising ingredients or fatty acids would do great. It would help replenish the oil on the skin as well as balance out the natural dryness. It should address skin sensitivity since most dry skins suffer from this issue. 

How Often Should One Wash Their Face in a Day?

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A dilemma faced by several people is to figure out the right frequency of washing their face throughout the day. Mostly, dermatologists recommend washing your face not more than twice a day. Stick to once in the morning and once in the evening. It ensures that your skin stays clear from dirt and dead skin cells. If you have extremely dry skin, you can wash your face just once at night time.

Summing Up

Using the right face wash or any product may seem like an insignificant step but can be truly useful to attain healthy and glowing skin. You don’t need to do a million things, but a simple skincare routine can do the trick. Keep the points mentioned in the blog while buying a face wash to avoid any confusion.


1. Can you use face wash daily?

Yes, you can use face wash daily but not more than twice a day. Select the ones that are ideal for your skin type.

2. Should you wash your face immediately after waking up?

While you sleep, your face can accumulate dirt and sweat. Dead skin cells and allergens on pillowcases can also transfer to your facial skin. Therefore, it is essential to wash your face in the morning. 

3. Should you use hot or cold water to wash your face?

The best would be to use lukewarm water. Avoid using cold water as it won’t effectively take out grime, whereas hot water can cause skin irritation. 

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Dr Jisha Gomez

Dr Jisha Gomez

She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.