WELL+GOOD posted “*This* Face Wash Has A Rep For Being Super Gentle, But Derms Say Not So Much” featuring Dr. Purvisha Patel and Visha Skincare .
The article includes Dr. Patel‘s expert commentary on why oil based cleanser isn’t the best to use and what it does to your skin.
Out of all of the facial cleansing options that exist—makeup wipes, micellar water, milky cleansers and the list goes on and on—one would think that oil cleansers would be the most gentle of the bunch. They’re formulated with an oil as the base, after all, and facial oils are known for dousing your skin with moisture.
Dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare Purvisha Patel, MD, echoes the fact that dryness can happen if you’re going overboard on oil cleansing. “Vigorous oil cleansing when done either by itself and definitely with double cleansing can indeed strip away the natural layer of oil on the skin,” she says. “Start slow and see how your skin responds. If you feel your skin is drying out, then cut back.”
She explains your skin’s sebum as the cement that fills the cracks between your skin cells, which function as “a waterproof barrier that when intact, keeps water in skin and pollutants out.” So if your barrier is disrupted, the exposed cracks in the skin can more easily get inflamed, and water evaporates more, which results in drier skin. So what can ya do? Keep oil cleansing to a special treat for your skin, and be sure to apply more oil or a moisturizer right after you do it so that your complexion stays nice and quenched.