How Many Times A Day Should I Wash My Face?


“I try my best to moisturize my skin every day. However, I keep having skin problems.”
“After washing my face, my skin is so dry that it feels tight.”
“I have tried different products, yet I do not see any improvements.”

If you experience any of these problems, perhaps you can solve your skin problems by reviewing your face washing routine.

Even if you change the products you use, it is not effective unless you also change how you conduct your skincare.

Facial cleansing is necessary to prevent skin problems, but if you wash your face in the wrong way or many times a day, you are putting a burden on your skin and causing skin problems.

In this article, I will introduce various knowledge related to face washing, such as how many times a day is optimal to wash your face and what is the correct way to wash your face.

We will also discuss the correct way to wash your face for people with acne-prone skin, so please refer to this article if you want to get clean skin through daily face washing.

Do Not Wash Your Face More Than 2 Times A Day

Although the number of times a person washes their face each day may differ, it is generally accepted that it is best to wash one’s face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.

What are the reasons for this?

First, of all…

  • Role of morning face wash
  • Role of nighttime face washing
  • Why you should not wash your face several times a day

We will explain the three points above so that you will have a good knowledge of the correct number of times to wash your face.

Role of Morning Face Wash

Morning cleansing has the important role of removing dirt and grime that may have adhered to the face during sleep.

When asked why they wash their face in the morning, many may respond by saying,

“It’s just a part of my morning routine.”

“I want to wake up faster.”

It is true that washing one’s face in the morning may play an important role in starting the day.

However, it actually plays a more important role than that.

Regardless of the season, people sweat while sleeping, and sebum production is also active.

In addition, while sleeping, dust from pillows, and bedding, and other bedding adheres to the face, so the face immediately after waking up in the morning is not as hygienic as we might think.

Therefore, we should wash our faces properly in the morning.

It is also recommended to wash your face in the morning as soon as you wake up.

By washing your face immediately after waking up, you can prevent the oxidation of sebum and clogging of pores with dirt, and avoid skin problems caused by dirt that may have accumulated while you were sleeping.

In addition, there are other advantages to washing your face immediately after waking up, including the following:

  • Easier to spend time on skincare
  • The lotion is more easily absorbed into the skin
  • Makeup will be applied more easily

Many people may think that since they are not exposed to the outside air while sleeping, their faces are not so dirty after waking up.

However, as mentioned above, there is a lot of dirt on the face immediately after waking up.

Remember that washing your face immediately after waking up in the morning is a very important part of skincare to keep your skin clean and healthy for the rest of the day.

Role of Nighttime Face Washing

So what is the role of nighttime face washing?

The nighttime face wash is responsible for removing dirt and grime from the face from daytime activities, such as oxidized makeup, sebum, dust, and pollen that may have stuck to the face while you were out.

If the dirt on the face is not properly removed by washing the face at night, it can cause unexpected skin problems by plugging pores during bedtime, the time when the skin is supposed to regenerate itself.

Therefore, it is very important to wash your face at night to cleanse your skin before bedtime in order to maintain clean skin.

As for when to wash your face at night, it is not necessary to do so immediately after returning home.

You should try to wash your face at night during bath time as much as possible.

To be more precise, it is recommended to wash your face after taking a bath because your body would be warmed up. 

This is because when the body warms up after bathing, the pores open up and dirt accumulated deep in the pores can be cleaned out.

However, when washing your face at night, it is best to avoid directly rinsing your face in a shower with high-temperature water.

If you wash your face with hot water, it will wash away sebum and other substances necessary for the skin, causing it to become dry.

Some people may say, “I like my showers hot,” yet they should pay a little more attention when washing their face and lower the temperature of the hot water setting before rinsing their face.

Why You Shouldn’t Wash Your Face More Than Twice A Day

We told you that washing your face twice a day is recommended, so why should you not wash your face several times a day?

Some people with oily or combination skin may think, “If I wash my face every time I feel my face is oily, I feel it will keep my skin cleaner.”

Some people may think that this is a good idea.

However, you should never wash your face several times a day, no matter how much you are concerned about the shine on your face.

As we have already mentioned, washing the face is a very important skincare routine to keep the skin clean.

However, washing the face several times a day is actually stressful for the skin.

If you wash your face more often than necessary, sebum and natural moisturizing factors such as ceramide, which are necessary for skin to retain moisture, would be washed out.

When these essential ingredients are washed out, the skin becomes extremely dry and pores begin to secrete excessive amounts of sebum to moisturize the skin.

In this case, washing the face can cause flakiness and skin problems.

Although washing the face is the basis of skincare, the skin after washing is in a very delicate state, exposed to the risk of drying out.

In order to avoid such a condition as much as possible, it is advisable to wash your face only twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.

How Many Times Should You Rinse? How To Wash Your Face Correctly

Understanding how many times a day you should wash your face does not mean much if you are not practicing the correct way to wash your face.

The next step is to deepen your knowledge of the correct skin care method in order to get the best skin care results from washing your face.

Please refer to the following steps for the correct way to wash your face.

  1. Wash hands and pre-wash your face with water

Washing your face with dirty hands may transfer bacteria and other germs to your skin, so wash your hands first to make sure they are clean.

Then, pre-wash your face with room temperature water.

By keeping your face wet, you can reduce the burden on your skin when washing your face. 

  1. Take an appropriate amount of face wash and thoroughly lather it on your hands.

Take an appropriate amount of face wash and whip it into a lather while gradually adding water.

If you have difficulty lathering, we recommend using a special lathering net.

Lather thoroughly until you get a firm lather that has a horn and does not fall off even if you turn your hand upside down.

  1. First, put the foam on the T-zone, then spread the foam around the chin area.

The T-zone produces a lot of sebum and dirt tends to accumulate in the pores.

Therefore, first put the foam on the face, focusing on the T-zone.

At this point, spread the foam gently so that your hands do not directly touch the skin, being conscious of creating a cushion of foam between the skin and your hands.

Once the foam has been spread over the T-zone, spread the foam thoroughly around the chin and mouth.

  1. Gently wash the face line using the foam

The face line is surprisingly prone to keratin buildup and is a common part for people who suffer from skin problems.

While keeping in mind what was explained in [3], gently move your finger with a circular motion.

  1. Quickly wash the cheeks and eye area without spending much time.

The cheeks and eye area tend to dry out easily due to low sebum secretion, so the key is to wash your face lightly, spreading the foam quickly without taking too much time.

The hairline tends to be washed poorly, so be sure to wash it carefully.

  1. Carefully rinse the face with a sufficient amount of water to leave no residue.

Once the entire face has been washed, the next step is to rinse the face thoroughly with room temperature water.

At this point, be careful not to splash water onto the face with strong force.

When rinsing, it is important to imagine that you are gently pouring water scooped with both hands over your face to dissolve the foam little by little.

Rinse more carefully around the chin, ears, and hairline, as these parts are often left unwashed.

  1. Wipe the moisture from the face with a clean towel

After rinsing thoroughly, wipe off the moisture from your face gently with a clean towel.

Scrubbing will damage the skin due to friction, so when wiping, gently press down on the towel and gradually absorb the water on the skin.

It is important to wash the face gently with a firm lather to avoid friction on the skin.

It is also equally important to pay attention to rinsing.

If you do not rinse well enough, the foam and dirt left on your face will cause skin problems even if you wash your face carefully.

If you are not sure how many times you should rinse your face, try to rinse at least 30 times.

It is said that if you rinse your face gently with lukewarm water 30 times, you can thoroughly rinse off the foam on your face.

Now that you understand the correct way to wash your face and the importance of rinsing, let’s take a closer look at the precautions you should take when washing your face.

Precautions for Washing Your Face

Here is a detailed explanation of what to look out for when washing your face.

When washing your face, it is important to pay attention to the following four points.

<Selecting the right face wash for your skin>

Selecting a face wash that is suitable for your skin will enhance its skincare effects.

When choosing a cleanser, pay attention not only to its cleansing power, but also to whether it can wash your face while retaining the moisture your skin needs.

Find a face wash that suits your skin, such as a foam type for those with sensitive skin and a solid soap type for those who prefer a natural wash.

<Gently wash your face>

As lightly mentioned above, when washing your face, always be conscious of avoiding friction and washing gently.

Never scrub your face in such a way as to scrub your skin.

Also, when wiping your face with a towel after washing, be careful not to scrub your face.

<Watch the water temperature>

It is said that the appropriate temperature of water for washing the face is around 32 °C.

If you wash your face with 40°C water or higher, the moisturizing elements originally necessary for the skin will be washed away.

Since hot water can cause dry skin, be aware of the temperature of the water when washing your face.

<Moisturizing care immediately after washing face>

After washing the face, the skin is very prone to dryness.

Therefore, it is very important how quickly you apply moisturizing care after washing your face.

The longer you wait after washing your face, the drier and drier your skin becomes, so be ready to put in moisturizing care immediately before washing your face.

What Acne-prone People Need to Know About Face Washing

Finally, here is what people with acne-prone skin need to know about face washing.

  • How many times is it recommended for people with acne-prone skin to wash their face?
  • Points to keep in mind when washing your face if you have acne-prone skin.

To help you understand the correct way to wash your face for acne-prone skin, we will focus our explanation on the above two points here.

How many times is washing the face recommended for acne-prone skin?

Many people with acne-prone skin with high sebum levels may be concerned about sticky skin during the day and may be tempted to wash their face several times.

However, people with acne-prone skin, like people with other skin types, should wash their faces twice a day.

The reason why people with acne-prone skin should not wash their face more often is largely related to the mechanism of acne formation and the condition of the skin after washing.

Acne is a skin problem caused by excessive sebum secretion, which leads to keratinization and clogging of the pore outlet, where acne bacteria breed.

Therefore, the key to preventing the formation of acne is to control excessive sebum secretion.

However, as we have already mentioned, skin is very dry and delicate after cleansing.

If you wash your face more often to keep your skin clean, sebum and moisturizing ingredients that should be left on the skin will be washed away, easily leaving the skin in a dry state.

Dry skin starts to overproduce sebum due to its protective effect, and this can make acne worse.

For these reasons, it is not recommended that people with acne-prone skin wash their face more frequently.

The shortcut to improving acne-prone skin is to wash one’s face correctly and wash one’s face twice a day.

Points to keep in mind when washing your face if you have acne-prone skin

If you have acne-prone skin, you can help keep your skin clean by paying attention to the three points we are about to mention when washing your face.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these points.

<Use a non-comedogenic face wash>

If you are not sure which face wash is good for acne-prone skin, we recommend that you choose a face wash that has been “tested non-comedogenic.”

A non-comedogenic face wash is a face wash that has been tested and proven to prevent the formation of acne.

This type of face wash is suitable for acne-prone skin, so if you are having trouble choosing a face wash, give it a try.

<Avoid harsh face washes>

Many people with acne-prone skin may prefer to use strong cleansers or face washes with scrubs to improve facial flakiness.

However, it is important for people with acne-prone skin to take care of their skin with a low-irritant face wash.

If used incorrectly, a strong face wash can be a burden to acne-prone skin.

To improve acne-prone skin, make it a habit to wash your face carefully with a non-irritating face wash.

<Wash your skin more gently than usual>

Washing your face with a small amount of foam or scrubbing your face with your hands can irritate acne and aggravate acne.

For this reason, people with acne-prone skin should always try to wash their skin more gently than usual.

As mentioned above, basic care such as using plenty of fine lather, not rubbing with hands, and rinsing with lukewarm water can improve the effectiveness of face washing.


It is important to wash your face carefully, not multiple times a day, but rather twice a day, regardless of skin type.

  • Washing your face twice a day: in the morning to remove dirt from your bed and in the evening to remove makeup and dirt from your face during the day.
  • Washing the face several times a day can stress the skin and cause skin problems.
  • Rinsing is an important part of washing your face, and you should do it at least 30 times with lukewarm water.
  • It is important to choose a face wash that suits your skin. 
  • Washing your face gently and carefully to avoid skin friction.
  • Moisturize your skin as soon as possible after washing your face, as it is very dry after washing.
  • If you have acne-prone skin, choose a non-comedogenic face wash or other non-irritating products.

Although skin types vary from person to person, there are many points that are common to all skin types, such as how many times a day and how to wash your face.

Please refer to the information presented in this article and learn the correct way to wash your face to achieve beautiful skin.