Dermatologists Explain How to Properly Use Powder Cleanser



Cleansers are a hard thing to switch up. Once you find a good one that you really, really love, you feel loyal to it. If you're similarly stuck on your liquid, gel, or balm-based cleansers, we're here to put you on to a different formula: powder cleansers. If you're not as familiar, maybe baby powder comes to mind—you're on the right track in terms of its consistency, but not quite in terms of its formulation.

Powder cleansers pack powerful exfoliating properties. All you do is mix the fine specks of powder with a bit of water, and it transforms into a creamy lather or light foam. Women in Korea and Japan have been using powder cleansers for the longest, and more U.S. brands are adding these innovative cleansers to their lineup.

These are DIY powders, meaning you control the cleanse. "Place a small amount of the product into the palm of your hand and depending on the type of cleanse you desire, adjust the amount of water to be added. For more exfoliation with non-enzyme powder cleansers, use less water to feel more texture, and for more of a general soft cleanser, use more water," suggests Yoon-Soo Cindy Bae, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at NYU.

Read on to get a better sense of how to use powder cleanser and all of its skin benefits.