13 Ways You’re Washing Your Face Wrong

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Dermatologists share common face-washing mistakes to avoid, from washing too often to letting products build up, for better skin health.

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Face washing mistakes to avoid

Washing your face is pretty straightforward, right? You wet your face with water, apply a dime-sized amount of facial cleanser, and gently use your fingertips to wash away dirt and other impurities. However, make some simple errors and this part of your daily skincare routine could trigger skin issues like skin irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. To improve your face washing habits, dermatologists identify common cleansing mistakes and tips for better skin health.

(Related: Here’s how to give yourself a spa-worthy at-home facial.)

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You use the wrong water temperature

Water that’s too hot will dry your skin, while cold water won’t let your pores open, says New York-based cosmetic dermatologist Michele Green, MD. “Tepid water is the best water temperature,” Dr. Green says. “Not too hot and not too cold.”

(Related: Check out the worst skin-care advice dermatologists have heard.)

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