Jennifer has a question about using facial cleansers as moisturizers. I’ve heard a dermatologist say to use Aquanil to cleanse and to moisturize any dry patches. I use a product called Cerave as a cleanser and I’m wondering if it’s okay to use that as a moisturizer? I’m worried that using a cleanser/detergent on my face might irritate it or cause redness.”
The Left Brain responds:
I totally agree with you Jen – it doesn’t make sense to leave ANY detergent-containing product on the skin as a moisturizer. Especially one like Aquanil that contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. The Cerave product looks like it would be a pretty mild cleanser because it doesn’t contain any of the standard harsh detergents, but some of those ingredients could be irritating too if left in contact with your skin. You’re better off finding a mild lotion and using that to moisturize or using a product like Clarisonic to clean your face.
What’s most puzzling to me is this: why would any dermatologist recommend using a detergent-containing product as a moisturizer when there are so many excellent facial lotions on the market?