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Is There Such a Thing as Washing Your Face Too Often?

girl with a few pimples on her face holding a facial cleaning brush


Yep! There sure is. Remember that the skin is a sophisticated, multilayer barrier. The more often you wash it, the more natural oils you remove from its surface. When that happens, the sebaceous gland (where oil is produced) goes into overdrive - it thinks the surface of the skin needs more oil, and this gland takes its job seriously. The result can be even *more* grease and larger crops of acne, the zits resulting from clogging of the pore as the oil tries to get out and the skin cells on top crowd the opening.

diagram of the skin layers showing that pimples form because of sebaceous glands and oily skin
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