Why Do I Need Two Different Face Cleansers in My Skin Care Routine?

2 face wash bottles. One has a 1 on it and one has a 2 on it.

Should I use a different face wash morning and night? The answer depends upon what your Baumann Skin Type is.  The skin care routines that our dermatologists use choose the cleanser to maximize the benefits of the products that follow.  In some cases, this means that a different cleanser should be used in the am and pm skin care regimen.

Do You Need Two Cleansers?

Morning Cleansers

In many skin care routines, antioxidants are used in the am regimen to protect the skin from sun and pollution.  Vitamin C is often the antioxidant that is chosen.  Vitamin C does not penetrate well into the skin unless the pH is 2- 2.5.  So, if you are using a Vitamin C serum in the am, the best cleanser choice is a low pH cleanser.

Examples of low pH cleansers:



Salicylic acid

Which of these low pH cleansers is best for you depends upon your Baumann Skin Type

However, if you have a sensitive skin type, a cleanser with soothing anti-inflammatory ingredients may be a better choice in the morning.

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Evening Cleansers

Cleansers used at night must have enough detergents to remove sunscreen, dirt, makeup and pollution.  For this reason, the cleansers used at night are stronger than morning cleansers. Unless you have very oily skin, you cannot use a strong foaming cleanses two times a day without experiencing some skin irritation or dryness.

Evening cleansers for oily skin:

These are foaming cleansers are the best for oily types to sue at night to remove dirt, pollution and sunscreen.

Evening cleansers for dry skin:

These cleansers are safe for the skin barrier and can be used twice a day without irritation.  However, they often have a higher pH so are not as good to use prior to a Vitamin C serum as low pH cleansers are.  This is why these non-foaming, low foam, or creamy cleansers are used in the evening while low pH cleansers are using in the morning.

Remember- these are general rules that can vary by Baumann Skin Type.  It is best to follow the exact skin care routine instructions that we give you once we know you Baumann Skin Type.  If you are advised to use two different cleansers- follow our advice to get the best results from your customized skin care routine.

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