What is Double Cleansing?

One of the hot skincare terms to rise last year is double cleansing, but what exactly is double cleaning, and is it really necessary?

Just like it sounds, double cleansing is when you start your skincare routine with two cleansing cycles. The first cleanse removes any product on your face, like makeup and sunscreen. The second cleanse removes what you might not be able to see, like environmental debris.

A clean face is a healthy face, so double cleansing is a win for your overall skin health. The exception would be if you have a skin condition like rosacea, eczema, or particularly sensitive skin. Double cleansing will do more harm than good with those skin concerns. It will strip the already sensitive skin. Regardless of skin type, always follow up a double cleansing with a moisturizer to reinstall hydration. 

Steps to Double Cleanse

  1. Apply a cleanser to the palm of your hand and gently massage the cleanser into your skin to help break down makeup, sebum, and sunscreen residue.
  2. Rinse using either a washcloth or your hands with lukewarm water. Make sure the water isn’t too hot.
  3. Keep your skin damp instead of reaching for a towel to dry your face. Then, apply a second round of cleanser and gently massage into your skin.
  4. Rinse off the cleanser and pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

If you are hesitant if double cleansing is right for your skin, the team of skin care experts are here to help. Our board-certified dermatologists can work with you to develop a skin care regimen customized to your skin type and skin goals. Find a location near you today to schedule your appointment.