GREAT SKIN IN ONE STEP

Prevention (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - WITH RE­PORT­ING BY PIA VELASCO

Ahealthy, ra­di­ant complexion starts with a clean base, yet 12% of women don’t reg­u­larly use any fa­cial cleanser, a sur­vey of more than 5,000 women by Pre­ven­tion’s sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Good House­keep­ing found. That can lead to clogged pores, dis­col­oration, dull­ness, and break­outs, der­ma­tol­o­gists say. Fol­low this ad­vice from skin doc­tors and sci­en­tists to make get­ting fresh-faced a breeze.

PICK THE RIGHT PROD­UCT

The key to ef­fec­tive cleansing is choos­ing the best face wash for your complexion. ID your skin type here to find your per­fect for­mula.

NOR­MAL: Your skin has few im­per­fec­tions and is nei­ther too oily nor too dry. Main­tain a bal­anced complexion by us­ing a mild foam­ing cleanser that ef­fec­tively re­moves de­bris and im­pu­ri­ties but won’t de­hy­drate skin.

PRE­VEN­TION PICK:

Ce­taphil Daily Fa­cial Cleanser, $10, drug­stores

DRY: Your face tends to feel tight, es­pe­cially af­ter cleansing, and may ap­pear dull.

Iron­i­cally, the num­ber one thing that can make your complexion even more parched is wa­ter, so cut it out of the process en­tirely with a mi­cel­lar cleanser. The ultra-gen­tle liq­uid goes on like makeup re­mover and re­quires no rins­ing.

PRE­VEN­TION PICK: Olay Sen­si­tive Calm­ing Cleansing Wa­ter, $7, drug­stores

COM­BI­NA­TION: Your T-zone— chin, nose, and fore­head—is oily, but your cheeks tend to be dry.

“Try a foam for­mula with in­gre­di­ents like bak­ing soda and sal­i­cylic acid,” says Ali­cia Barba, M.D., der­ma­tol­o­gist and the founder of Barba Der­ma­tol­ogy in Mi­ami. “Bak­ing soda clears away oil but doesn’t strip the other ar­eas of your face, and sal­i­cylic acid lightly ex­fo­li­ates.”

PRE­VEN­TION PICK: Bioré Blue Agave + Bak­ing Soda Bal­anc­ing Pore Cleanser, $6, drug­stores

OILY: Your skin gets shiny, and your makeup may wear off within hours of ap­pli­ca­tion.

Re­sist the urge to use acne-treat­ment cleansers, as their medic­i­nal prop­er­ties can be too de­hy­drat­ing for your skin; in­stead, reach for a pu­ri­fy­ing gel

that con­tains tea tree oil, a nat­u­ral an­timi­cro­bial that dis­solves ex­cess se­bum but won’t cause dry­ness.

PRE­VEN­TION PICK:

Bios­sance Squalane +

Tea Tree Cleansing Gel, $29, Sephora

ACNE-PRONE: You get fre­quent break­outs, black­heads, or white­heads.

“Your main goal is to re­move im­pu­ri­ties and un­clog pores so that acne treat­ments you ap­ply af­ter­ward can work,” Dr. Barba ex­plains. Try an oil-free gel wash with sal­i­cylic or gly­colic acid to help dis­lodge and clear oil and buildup.

PRE­VEN­TION PICK: Neu­tro­gena

Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grape­fruit Fa­cial Cleanser, $8, drug­stores

SEN­SI­TIVE: You tend to ex­pe­ri­ence skin red­ness, sting­ing, or burn­ing. Steer clear of cleansers with po­ten­tial ir­ri­tants like sul­fates, dyes, and fra­grances and choose an oil-based for­mula, which soothes and helps re­store skin’s com­pro­mised outer layer.

PRE­VEN­TION

PICK:

Sk­in­fix Foam­ing

Oil Cleanser, $28, Sephora

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