How Often Should You Actually Wash Your Face?


In general, most people should be washing their face twice a day. However, this skincare tip doesn’t consider the individual needs of the person, such as if they have dry or oily skin or are prone to acne. So, how often should you wash your face? We’ll dig into the standard advice, the evidence behind it, and how you can tailor the recommendations to your routine.

When Should You Wash Your Face?

Washing your face once in the morning and once at night is a way to remove anything from dirt and bacteria to makeup. You may not think of your face as becoming particularly dirty when you’re asleep, but dust settles on your skin throughout the night. Washing your face in the morning not only helps clean your skin but also prepares your face for your skincare regimen, whether applying SPF or a full face of makeup. It can also help improve your skin tone, minimize pore size, and rejuvenate your complexion.

Should Everyone Wash Their Face Twice a Day?

The rule of twice a day doesn’t apply to everyone. Just as most rules have an exception, it’s worth talking to a dermatologist who can give personalized advice based on your complexion, pore size, and overall health.

Our professionals at Norcal Dermatology Group may recommend that those with certain skin conditions wash their face only once a day. This is particularly true if their skin is overly sensitive to even the most mild cleansers. These rules can also change based on how your skin reacts over time. For example, if you have rosacea and experience an intense flare-up, you may not be able to wash your face at all some days.

Schedule a Consultation at NorCal Dermatology Group

At Norcal Dermatology Group, we aim to provide each patient with an individualized treatment plan and recommendations unique to their skincare needs. In addition, we provide a range of cosmetic treatments to enhance the appearance of your skin and provide a rejuvenated look. Get started with Norcal Dermatology Group today at 510-646-8065 or fill out our contact form online for more information.


Contact Us Today


Our Office

Berkeley Office
2435 Webster Street
Suite 101
Berkeley, CA 94705

Berkeley Office Hours

Mon - Wed: 9am -1pm; 2pm - 6pm
Thurs - Fri: 8am -12pm; 1pm - 5pm


A member of the DermCare family of companies