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In our pursuit of flawless skin, we have sometimes been cruel, severe, and punishing. But it turns out that plucking, scraping, and cleaning our faces isn’t good for our skin. Dermatologists now advise including more gentleness in our routines to have clear skin. Products and procedures both.

DO: Use a Cleansing Brush

Using a cleansing tool “takes off more dirt, bacteria, and makeup from your skin,” claims Dr. Debra Jaliman, a dermatologist with board certification or author of Skin Rules: Secrets of the Trade from a Top New York City Dermatologist. Cleaning brushes help exfoliate the skin’s surface, giving it a softer, smoother appearance and feel. Just be careful to utilize an acne-specific gadget. Too rough bristles can sometimes result in sensitivity and redness.

Don’t: Use Just Any Face Wash

Despite the widespread inclination to blast zits away, Dr. Jaliman advises using a gentle cleanser made especially for skin that is prone to acne. Contrary to popular belief, any cleanser that removes the skin’s natural oils can increase oil production, which frequently leads to, well, more breakouts. To put it another way, that is the boomerang impact on your chin. The easiest way to remove sweat, filth, and debris from your face is to wash it twice a day, morning and night. Additionally, it’s usually a good idea to use a mild cleaner after perspiring if you exercised vigorously.

DO: Use a Toner (But Not Any Toner) 

Most people shouldn’t use skin-stripping, high-alcohol toners, especially if they are prone to acne. Instead, to avoid dead skin cells clogging pores, Dr. Jaliman advises using a toner containing glycolic acid and salicylic acid in the morning or evening after cleansing. The correct toner can also reduce redness, balance the skin’s natural pH level, and relax and soothe the skin.

The key to having clear skin lies not only in the products we employ but also in the routines we create. And even if we might not have always used the best techniques, such as scrubbing and plucking, it’s never inappropriate to attempt a different approach. Kindness goes a long way when it pertains to our bodies, our complexions included. That includes experimenting with brand-new skincare routines. Whatever your skin type, “more is not better” when it comes to having clear skin. She advises using items carefully and suggests introducing new acne treatments gradually.

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