Are Foam Cleansers Doing More Harm Than Good?

February 5, 2015

Ever thought that a harmless foam cleanser could be causing problems for your skin?

Various reports over the last few years have pointed the finger to foam cleansers, which can be especially detrimental for women with dry skin. Why? There are extra ingredients in foam cleansers which can cause dry, flakey patches across the entire face and neck area.

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What ingredients do they contain?

Since foam cleansers have to change consistency with a few drops of water, there are some extra chemicals added into the formula to make this happen.

Namely, sulfates which strip the skin of oil, and can create dry patches and redness if used in-excess. The official ingredient called sodium laureth is a comedogenic which has the tendency to cause pimples and extremely itchy skin which can strip away natural sebum (oil).

How do I know if my foam cleanser is safe to use?

All foam cleansers are safe enough to use, you just have to identity if it’s a good match for your skin. Many women with extremely sensitive skin should stick to sulfate-free skincare which doesn’t overwork the skin like other cleansers do.

If you do experience some irritability after using this type of product, apply a gentle moisturiser onto the skin so it can hydrate the surface, and lock-in any moisture which was previously lost.

Isn’t squeaky-clean skin a good thing?

Absolutely not. It is a fact that your skin will probably feel tighter after a deep-cleanse or exfoliating session, but this doesn’t mean it should always be this way. This could actually indicate that your skin has been left over-dried from the products, and needs to lock in the moisture with a hydrating oil afterwards.

After toning, apply a few drops over the t-zone, cheeks, and chin, and pat dry over the skin. If you’re looking to treat yourself once a week, use a serum to really nourish the skin after a rigorous clean.

Should I stop using them altogether?

No, not at all! Almost all skincare products feature a chemical or ingredient which isn’t good for your skin when used in large doses. If you do find that your skin is suffering any severe irritability, it is best to limit the use of the product. Have a few different cleansers, exfoliators, and gentle toners on rotation so your skin doesn’t become immune to the formula.

What are some gentle foam cleansers?

Whether you’re looking to invest in a foam cleanser or simply use something cheap and effective from the drugstore, there are a variety of products for every price-range:

Are Foam Cleansers Doing More Harm Than Good?

1. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Gel, $22.99

2. ModelCo Cleansing Foam Purify & Invigorate, $10.49

3. Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser Dry or Sensitive Skin, $38

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