6 Steps to Washing Your Face- the Right Way!

We are always telling patients and customers what products are best to use for their skin and needs, but what about how to use these products. Many patients go home with a new product and have no idea how to properly use it for the best results.
One of the simplest and most widely used products is face wash. It is easy to assume you know how to wash your face, you’ve been doing it your whole life, however you may be surprised to know there really is a correct, effective, way to wash.
We love these 6 steps to correct washing from our friend, Dr. Jessica Wu, Hollywood.
1.     Remove eye makeup. If you don’t, it will smear all over your face, work its way into your eyes, and ruin your towels. I use Lumene Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, available at drugstores. If you wear contacts, take them out first.
2.     Splash with lukewarm water. This will help your cleanser spread over your skin, so you won’t have to use as much. Avoid hot water, which can dry your skin and aggravate rosacea and redness.
3.     Use a liquid face wash. Many bar soaps contain sulfates and other strong detergents that make a lot of suds — great for removing grime from dirty hands and feet, but irritating on delicate facial skin. If your skin is dry or sensitive, use a creamy or milky cleanser, like Boscia Soothing Cleansing Cream or CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. For normal to oily skin, try a gel or foaming wash, like Olay Foaming Face Wash for Oily/Combination Skin, Orlane Purifying Gel Cleanser, or Clinique Wash Away Gel Cleanser (for very oily skin).
4.     For sensitive skin, massage cleanser onto skin with fingertips. For oily, acne-prone, or sun damaged skin, squeeze cleanser onto a facial sponge (like a konjac sponge) or cleansing cloth to help unclog pores and remove dead, dull skin flakes. (If you’re not familiar with them, check out my article on konjac face sponges next week.)
5.     Rinse with lukewarm water. Then pat dry with a soft towel; rubbing can redden your face and aggravate breakouts and rashes.
6.     If you use a skin-cleansing brush, rinse the brush, detach the head, and let it air-dry between uses. Many of my patients can only use their brush a few times a week, or else they break out in a rash.

Dry Scalp 101

This time of year we see many patients with concerns over a stubborn dry scalp. Winter can defiantly increase dandruff for those already prone and cause dandruff (or simpler, dry scalp) for those with typically normal scalps. Other triggers such as lack of nutrition, chronic diseases and stress can also increase or cause dandruff.
 A technical dry scalp is caused by soaps or detergents or dry weather. A dry scalp can be relieved much as you would relive dry skin- conditioners, oil treatments, and so forth. Most tend to blame dryness for their flaky itchy scalp, but on the contrary, the symptoms can also be those of seborrhea, which is caused by an overgrowth of yeast that feed on sebum (scalp oils). This causes actual dandruff which is characterized by more yellowish flakes, that are larger and harder to remove than dry scalp flakes. 
Psoriasis and Eczema also occur on the scalp, so be sure to see a dermatologist if your scalp becomes scabby, severely itchy or irritated or your conditions continue to worsen with over the counter treatments.
If you are suffering from dandruff try these over the counter products recommended by our friend in Dermatology, Dr Jessica Wu, of Hollywood, CA.

If your hair is oily and needs to be deep-cleaned, try Head & Shoulders Citrus Breeze, which has grapefruit oil and green tea extract to leave your hair smelling fresh.
For dandruff and damaged hair, try Head & Shoulders Damage Rescue, which contains vitamin E and dimethicone to coat and strengthen weak, brittle strands.
If itching is driving you crazy, try Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care, which contains eucalyptus to cool and soothe an itchy scalp. (Be careful when rinsing; this can sting if it gets in your eyes.)
If your dandruff is especially stubborn, try Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength, which contains 1 percent selenium sulfide to fight yeast and seborrhea.
Men should try Head & Shoulders Men, which comes in several versions, including Active Sport, with 1 percent zinc, and Hair Endurance (to restore volume to thinning hair).