Dr. Whitney’s Picks

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

Great for: All skin types and especially sensitive or dry, irritated skin

Are you obsessed with a squeaky clean feeling after cleansing your skin? Do you scrub and exfoliate your skin regularly, thinking this is going to reveal your healthiest skin? Does your skin feel tight after cleansing?

As a dermatologist, my patients and friends love the squeaky clean feeling. They love exfoliating – even daily. But, their skin is telling a different story. Here’s why: the products that you are using to achieve the squeaky clean feeling often disrupt and destroy the health of your skin barrier. Over-scrubbing and over-cleansing destroys the balance of healthy microorganisms which comprise your human microbiome.

When your body’s microbiome is out of balance, this imbalance impacts your skin’s health and opens the door to inflammatory skin disorders including psoriasis, eczema, and acne.

As a dermatologist, I cannot stress enough how important it is to maintain the health of your skin’s barrier by using gentle, pH balanced products. Your skin should feel hydrated, smooth and nourished after cleansing – not tight, dry and squeaky clean! That is not a sign of skin health!

One of my favorites is La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser which is a soothing creamy cleanser made with La Roche-Posay’s Prebiotic Thermal Water. It’s soap free, sulfate free, oil free, fragrance free, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and paraben free. It leaves my skin feeling gently cleansed while keeping my skin’s natural invisible barrier healthy. It also contains glycerin, which keeps my skin hydrated. I also love that this product is so affordable and accessible. You can buy it right at CVS for under $15.

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