What Happens if You Don't Wash Your Face?

Washing your face requires only a few minutes every day.
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If you're lucky enough to have family genetics that don't include oily skin and acne and you aren't affected by raging hormones, you may get by without washing your face once in a while. However, this lazy hygiene is bound to cause dull, unhealthy-looking skin. If you forget to wash your face too often, you're likely to end up with batches of blackheads and pimples caused when dirt, oil and dead skin cells clog the pores.

1 Face-Washing 101

Wash your face every morning, using a gentle cleanser. If your skin is oily, wash your face at night, too. Massage the cleanser into your face with your fingertips. Don't irritate your skin by using hot water or a rough washcloth or sponge. Splash lukewarm water on your face to remove the cleanser and then pat your skin dry with a soft towel. If you wear makeup, apply it to clean skin, and remove the makeup before you go to bed.

M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.