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What is the Best Facial Skin Cleanser?

There are so many options for face cleansers today it can be overwhelming with trying to decide which is right for your skin type. Cleansers are important in improving the health of your skin by keeping it fresh and renewed.

In order to pick the right type of cleanser for your skin, the following questions should be considered:

  1. Is the cleanser too dry or stripping?
  2. Does the cleanser clean well by effectively removing makeup, sunscreen and sweat?
  3. Does it have any bad ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate (an ingredient that can dry out the skin), alcohol or titanium dioxide (Ti02)?

It is recommended to wash your wash no more than twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. For gym-goers it is important to wash your face again after working out in order to remove all the buildup of oil and sweat.

Cetaphil is the gentlest form of skin cleanser you can find besides plain warm water. A good cleanser will wash away dirt and dead skin, but not harm the new and healthy layer of skin beneath. The “bad” ingredients listed above aren’t necessarily ones that you need to avoid all together when choosing a skin care product, but if they are at the top of the ingredient list, it means there is a greater amount of that ingredient in the product. It is best to avoid too much sodium lauryl sulfate, alcohol or titanium dioxide.

Many people use two different cleansers, depending on which time of the year it is. Some people use lighter, less harsh cleansers during the winter when their skin is prone to dryness. A stronger cleanser is usually used during more humid summer months, when the skin is producing more sweat and the body is typically more active.

Schedule an appointment with New York Dermatologist Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, in order to acquire an expert’s advise on which skin care product is best for you. He also provides a skin care line and list of suggestions that will provide a variety of quality skin care options. Please visit his website for product options. Dr. Rokhsar is a fellowship-trained dermatologist with specialty in cosmetic skin and laser surgery. His expertise allows him to provide to his patient’s an extensive knowledge in order to address both medical and cosmetic needs.

About author - Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD, FAACS, is the founder and medical director of the New York Cosmetic, Skin, & Laser Surgery Center. Dr. Rokhsar is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Rokhsar is double board certified in dermatology and micrographic dermatologic surgery, being one of the few select dermatologists in the country who is also fellowship trained in laser surgery. A researcher and innovator, Dr. Rokhsar is the creator of the non-surgical nose job and has been instrumental in the research and development of laser systems such as the Fraxel, CO2, Mirady, Vbeam, Themitight, and Ulthera devices. An Associate Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, Dr. Rokhsar actively teaches the cosmetic dermatology clinic to the resident at Mount Sinai. An expert injector of fillers, and a trainer for many companies, patients fly in from around the world to see Dr. Rokhsar in his Garden City and Manhattan offices in New York.

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