I’m a dermatologist – you’re washing your face wrong, 4 common mistakes that are making your skincare less effective

A SKIN DOCTOR shared 4 common mistakes people make when washing their faces.

She explains that it makes their skincare routine less effective.

Shereene, a dermatologist, reveals the 4 most common mistakes when washing your face


Shereene, a dermatologist, reveals the 4 most common mistakes when washing your faceCredit: TikTok / shereeneidriss

Shereene (@shereeneidriss), a self-proclaimed “skin nerd”, shared the advice with more than 270,000 TikTok followers.

“If you don’t wash your face properly, your skin care products won’t have a chance to do what they’re supposed to do for your skin,” she says.

“You’re basically spending all your money,” she added.

The board-certified dermatologist explains that the first step in a good skincare routine is cleansing.

For starters, a good cleanser is key and she recommends the gentle Vanicream cleanser she says she’s been recommending to patients for years.

“The first mistake you make is you don’t clean twice,” she says.

Double cleansing is the method of using an oil cleanser first to remove makeup and sunscreen, and then using a water-based cleanser to clean the skin.

The second mistake she often sees is that people don’t wash their faces enough time.

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“You won’t leave it on your face, to really get the most out of your money, you need to rub the cleanser on your face and let it sit for at least a minute,” she says.

The third mistake is simply choosing the wrong cleanser: “The cleanser you want is a basic cleanser that cleans your face,” she explains.

Last but not least, she explains that how often you wash your face is something she sees a lot of people get wrong: “Over-cleansing can actually strip too much oil from your skin, ” she speaks.

“Your skin will become greasy and more prone to inflammation, washing your face with a cleanser once a day is the best thing I’ve ever done for my skin.”

People have taken to the comments section to share their thoughts.

“Vanicream has changed my routine so much,” one person commented.

Others tried to embarrass her for revealing their skincare secrets: “Hushhhh ladies! If this sells out, I’ll be mad at you!! I love my Vanilla!!! Shh, ‘ another joked.

She explains that most people don't get the best results from their cleanser


She explains that most people don’t get the best results from their cleanserCredit: TikTok / shereeneidriss

Russell Falcon

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