TODAY   |  October 25, 2013

You’re doing it wrong! How to wash your face

Dermatologist Dr. Debra Wattenberg says you should was your face twice a day, be careful not to over-scrub, always clean your hands before you start and pat dry with a clean towel.

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>> if you suddenly learned you have been doing something incorrectly your entire life? according to some experts we may all be washing our faces the wrong way. here to help us clean up our act is deborah, associated professor of dermatology at mount sinai here in new york.

>> good morning.

>> we have three people that are going to wash their faces as they normally do and you'll identify what we commonly do wrong. but is this something you find a lot.

>> it's amazing how many people don't know how to wash their face properly.

>> who should we start with? with brooke ?

>> yeah, with brooke .

>> do your thing. is this normally how you wash your face ?

>> so brooke actually did several things wrong already. she did not wash her hands which is the key thing. wash your hands before you wash your face because you want to be sure that the germs and bacteria are off of your face. she also didn't remove her make up before. she has a full face of eye make up.

>> i thought what's why you wash your face .

>> you'll end up with eye make up all over your face. not washing it is probably a big issue for her.

>> you're saying if somebody has make up wipes, you take off the make up and then go to the cleanser.

>> that's right. especially if you're wearing mascara or a lot of foundation. you need to do that before.

>> i think you're doing a great job. now, andy, we have a guy doing his face wash . do your thing. presumably guys wash their faces differently than women do.

>> often they do. so -- andy is pumping out a huge amount of cleanser on to his face and he is using a product there that has things in it and they're going to leave a film on his skin and increase the risk he's going to get irritated from the product.

>> it's not more cleanser cleaner face?

>> no, the more you use it doesn't make a difference. you only need about the size of a dime and if you use more than that, you'll increase the risk for irritation.

>> how often should you wash your face in a day.

>> some people say once a day. some people say twice a day. i'm a big believer that twice a day is a good thing. just don't use abrasive cleaners both time.

>> how about his patting technique.

>> patting is important. that's great. you don't want to rub or scrub your face after you washed.

>> okay.

>> he's doing a great job there.

>> good. let's move on to miss rachel. she is using bar soap .

>> she is using dove which is not a bar soap but a cleansing bar. when you use a cleansing bar, that's fine to use. rachel is washing her face and the key is she is scrubbing. some people are aggressive toward their skin. they can cause irritation and broken cap yularies.

>> what about exfoiliators.

>> tightness is not an indication of something that's good. you don't want to scrub too hard. you can use these brushes that lightly remove the dirt and products from your skin. you can use a wash cloth but you don't want to scrub too hard. you want to do it gently.

>> lukewarm water and not cold water .

>> right. lukewarm water. extreme temperatures can damage your skin and create more damage and irritation.

>> all right. class, you did very well today. sort of. i hope we all learned something. thank you very much.