Continuing this month's posts on skin care, today we talk about skin cleansers. When taking care of your skin it is important to choose a cleanser that is not too abrasive and does not overly dry out your skin. These types of cleansers can lead to dry, cracked skin which is more prone for infection and redness.
Because there are too many skin types to provide specifics on the types of cleansers, I will mention a few generalities that I like to see. I am a fan of having ingredients that help to create a superficial exfoliation. This includes ingredients such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid. When used in mild concentrations as is found in facial cleansers, they can help to further exfoliate the top layer of skin leading to a more youthful appearance. Now these ingredients are not for everyone, especially those with sensitive skin, but they can have a very nice improvement in the texture of the skin for those who are candidates. My personal line includes a foaming cleanser with salicylic acid and lactic acid. Ask your health care provider what cleansers is best for you.