According to TikTokers, dry cleansing has a bunch of benefits that might sway you into trying it out yourself. One example is that it offers a better use of your cleanser. When it comes to regular cleansing, adding water to your face before applying your wash can dilute the ingredients that make it crucial for your skin in the first place. As a result, dry cleansing promises to get the most out of your cleanser and all the active ingredients found in it.
TikTok creators also claim this technique offers a deeper clean and an even smoother finish. “Dry cleansing claims to allow for a deeper cleanse to remove oil, dirt, makeup, etc. by allowing you to get the full concentration of your face wash since you’re not diluting the actives with water,” says Dr. Howard. However, the derm also points out there are no clinical studies that back the efficiency of this method.
Is Dry Cleansing Safe?
Unfortunately, not everyone should try dry cleansing. Dr. Farber suggests people with sensitive skin or any chronic skin conditions (i.e, eczema, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis), sit this one out. But if you want to participate in the trend, avoid cleansers with ingredients like glycolic acid, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, which can cause irritation if not diluted with water. “Dry cleansing can strip the skin [of its natural oils] and cause an increase of dryness. This method can also cause existing skin conditions, like rosacea, eczema and dandruff to worsen,” adds Dr. Farber.
On the other hand, people with oily and acne-prone skin might have a better experience. Though we must note here that Dr. Howard is still against it. “Those with oily skin might prefer foaming cleansers with more surfactants in them, which require water to be effective,” explains Dr. Howard. If you’re unsure what your skin type is, consult a dermatologist before giving dry cleansing a go.