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    Default face wash drying out skin really bad

    It's making it itchy and tight and uncomfortable. Can I add moisturizer and sunscreen? or do i need to switch to a wash for dry skin. I have naturally dry skin that gets itchy if i don't put lotion on everyday
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    I use a plain wet washcloth on my face and it seems to clean the skin okay without drying it out a lot. Something like that might be worth a try and it's the next best thing to free.
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    dont wash your face unless you take a shower? if thats enough, dont use soap
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    I don't use soap or cleaner on my face in the winter, it makes it too dry. I don't find that it gets too nasty or anything, and if it does I'll use a gentle cleaner once in a while.

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    Yes, try a cleanser for dry/sensitive skin. I like something basic like Cetaphil Gentle face cleanser. It's almost like using a lotion to wash your face.

    If you want something really gentle & non-drying, you could try oil cleansing. I like DHC's olive oil cleanser. It washes clean & the olive oil breaks up dirt, makeup, dead skin, and excess oil on your face so it can wash away gently, but it doesn't strip your skin. I have acne-prone skin & it doesn't break me out. You have to be careful with oil cleansing though.... you want one that doesn't leave a residue.

    A moisturizer with spf for the day is a good idea too. Moisturizers are basically emollients which hold moisture to the skin, so they don't add moisture so much as prevent loss of it & help create a protective barrier - which is what natural skin oils do, and why dry skin can be sensitive. Just check on the back that it's non-comedogenic & ideally fragrance free & it should be fine.

    You may also not need to wash your face more than once a day. Just at night to get off the dirt & smog from the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    It's making it itchy and tight and uncomfortable. Can I add moisturizer and sunscreen? or do i need to switch to a wash for dry skin. I have naturally dry skin that gets itchy if i don't put lotion on everyday
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    Yes, try a cleanser for dry/sensitive skin. I like something basic like Cetaphil Gentle face cleanser. It's almost like using a lotion to wash your face.

    If you want something really gentle & non-drying, you could try oil cleansing. I like DHC's olive oil cleanser. It washes clean & the olive oil breaks up dirt, makeup, dead skin, and excess oil on your face so it can wash away gently, but it doesn't strip your skin. I have acne-prone skin & it doesn't break me out. You have to be careful with oil cleansing though.... you want one that doesn't leave a residue.

    A moisturizer with spf for the day is a good idea too. Moisturizers are basically emollients which hold moisture to the skin, so they don't add moisture so much as prevent loss of it & help create a protective barrier - which is what natural skin oils do, and why dry skin can be sensitive. Just check on the back that it's non-comedogenic & ideally fragrance free & it should be fine.

    You may also not need to wash your face more than once a day. Just at night to get off the dirt & smog from the day.

    Hope some of that helps.

    Cetaphil is good stuff. & cheap. I'd def get that & a moisturizer.

    I'd recommend Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer (spf 50) - probably good since you're in FL. High UV's.





    or Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion (spf 15) - but imo spf15 is worthless






    both are really good moisturizers for sensitive skin. CVS/Walgreens likely carry generics beside these, too.
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    ^ I like Neutrogena Healthy Skin Daily Moisturizer because of the AHA (great for fading post acne hyper-pigmentation), but that might be too much & unnecessary for sensitive, dry skin. It also DOES sting a bit.

    Definitely keep it simple & no need to spend a lot of money. Skin care is one of those areas where price is often covering packaging & branding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    ^ I like Neutrogena Healthy Skin Daily Moisturizer because of the AHA (great for fading post acne hyper-pigmentation), but that might be too much & unnecessary for sensitive, dry skin. It also DOES sting a bit.
    I noticed it stung when I first used it but then my skin balanced out after a couple days.

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    Definitely keep it simple & no need to spend a lot of money. Skin care is one of those areas where price is often covering packaging & branding.
    Cetaphil may have some gentle spf moisturizers too, come to think of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    It's making it itchy and tight and uncomfortable. Can I add moisturizer and sunscreen? or do i need to switch to a wash for dry skin. I have naturally dry skin that gets itchy if i don't put lotion on everyday
    Try cold water instead of warm water, if you can stand it. I like to take showers that way in the winter, because it helps to avoid that unpleasant dry feeling.

    Think of how hot water helps remove oils when cleaning up dishes. Using hot water on your skin does the same thing, except in this case, those natural oils help protect your skin and keep it moist. You want the oils on.

    A similar thing happens if you use cold water when shampooing (which I recommend, at least for dudes). It gets rid of that artificial shampoo feeling, and helps prevent against cowlicks.
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    yeah i bought cetaphil cleanser and cetaphil face cream with spf 50 and i used the cream this morning and it helped my face didn't feel as dried out.
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