Is Washing Your Face Bad For You?


There are extremists when it comes to everything. Believe it or not, even when it comes to face washing. Over the past few days, I’ve been having discussions with individuals of all walks of life and have approached them each with the same question, “Do you think washing your face is bad for your skin?” The answers that I received were a bit surprising. I’m here to share a few face washing facts that might surprise you.

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Is Face Washing Really Bad For You?

First off, I want to make one thing very clear, in general, washing your face is NOT BAD at all for you. However, according to an article published in the WSJ, it’s not the typical washing of your face that’s bad. In fact, it’s doing so far too often that causes the harm. When you over wash or do so too frequently, you’re stripping your skin of essential oils. Doing this can cause an imbalance in oil production often leaving your skin too dry or extremely oily.

I know, it sounds strange, but just like anything else, too much can be a bad thing and often yield less warranted results.

How often should you wash your face?

Well, most dermatologists will typically make recommendations on a case by case basis, so it’s difficult to say the perfect number of times you should wash your face daily. However, according to Vogue, it’s very common for one to wash their face only once or twice daily. In the event that you choose only do so once, that should happen in the evening. A good way to think about it is this, would you ever want to go to sleep wearing the same clothes that you’ve been wearing all day long? Of course not! You typically wouldn’t want to do that unless it was absolutely necessary.

That said, you definitely want to make an attempt to wash your face at the very minimum once per day and at night. Should you choose to do so a couple of times per day and if your skin permits, then go for it. The important takeaway here is that you acknowledge that not doing the perfect amount of washing per day can really take a toll on your skin.

I personally wash my face twice a day. Once in the morning and once before bed. I don’t keep a strict regimen when it comes to washing my face, but I do have one and I do everything in my power to steer clear of certain products.

For starters, I avoid using any type of products that contain microbeads. They’re terrible for the environment and I’m not into polluting. I also avoid using any products that are sold in typical convenience stores or pharmacies that are extremely inexpensive. Not because I have plenty of money to spend on skin care products, I just personally just choose to spend a little more money on products with higher quality ingredients. Most of the face cleansers sold at the local grocery store just don’t provide the same results that I see from some of the products I use regularly. I’m not saying that they don’t work, I’m just saying that I choose to not use them. However, the important thing is that I use one and I do so at least once per day. You should do the same.

What about double cleansing?

If you’re not familiar with what “double cleansing” is, it’s the act of washing your face on twice during the same face washing session. I personally haven’t been able to identify whether or not this safe for your skin. I plan on researching this a bit more before providing my personal opinion on it. All I can say is, I’ve heard that Salma Hayek is not a double cleanser and she’s pretty much got perfect skin. There’s something to be said for that I think!

Is Washing Your Face Bad For You?
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Brandon Sirrico


Brandon Sirrico is a well-versed marketing expert with a background in finance. He holds an MBA from Florida International University and an undergrad from Northeastern. A former bodybuilder, he's a dedicated gym rat who provides many updates on health and diet as well as reactions to trending skin care topics.


  1. I wash my face twice daily. It’s so important to remove makeup at night, yet I’m shocked at how many of my friends don’t wash their face before bed! If I start to feel oily during the day, I use oil absorbing sheets as a quick pick me up.