Cleansing your face of sebum, makeup, and dirt is important. Some acne sufferers, however, believe that washing more frequently will lead to better skin. Not so! Cleansing in the morning and evening is all that’s necessary. Any more than that, and you could irritate your skin leading to inflammation or more breakouts.
So – are you washing too much? Using a harsh cleanser or washing more than twice a day will dehydrate your skin and may increase sensitivity to your acne treatment products.
However, wash your skin gently yet thoroughly immediately following exercise, sports, or any other activity that causes you to perspire heavily. Heat & humidity as well as pressure & friction can lead to increased breakouts. When we exercise or engage in activities that cause us to perspire, we increase heat in our skin and create temporary swelling and pressure surrounding our pores.
Be sure to cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm or cool water following activities that cause you to perspire. This will help reduce heat and pressure and will clean sweat and oily secretions from your skin.