Is Double Cleansing Worth The Trouble?

Cleansing your face can be ever so therapeutic – after all, you’re getting rid of the daily dirt and grime, cleaning out your pores and rinsing off your sorrows in a few swift splashes.

Double cleansing is marketed as a way to get your skin clean for people who really care about getting glowy skin.

However, using two different cleansers (one oil-based and one water/gel-based cleanser) can feel like a chore, and honestly, is it really worth your time? Let’s find out.

The science behind double cleansing

Double cleansing refers to a two-step routine in which you wash your face with an oil-based cleanser, and once again with a gel/water-based cleanser. Yes, in that order. The first step dissolves makeup, sunscreen, unclogs pores and removes dirt, while the next step cleans off any impurities that are left over. In this case, if you wear a lot of makeup and you feel like your skin needs extra cleansing after one rinse, then double cleansing is probably a recommended step.

When do you not need to double cleanse?

We should not underestimate the effectiveness of today’s newly-formulated cleansers as most of them are designed to leave our faces feeling reasonably clean. Plus, we don’t want to over-cleanse because it’ll damage the skin barrier, which are oils and lipids that occur naturally on the skin. However, if you have oily skin (which means that you probably have more than enough oils on the surface of your skin), then you may need to double cleanse to fully clean your skin. If you start to feel any dryness or irritation, it’s a sign to stop double cleansing.

If you’re looking for a new cleanser, we’ve got your back with a few recommendations. FYI, Likely may earn an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links below.

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser

Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil

Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash