What Happens To Your Skin When You Start Washing Your Face With Water Only

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

Did you ever wonder what skincare was like before skin care products were invented? The first traces of skin care products go as far back as 3000 BCE, when natural products such as dough, olive oil, ostrich eggs, essential oils, and sour milk were used to enhance skin health. Now that hundreds of processed skin care products are available, did you ever wonder what would happen if you ditched them all and started to cleanse your face with fresh water only? Well, if you have, this article is for you. Read on to know them all!

1. Your Skin Might Get Smoother

Your Skin Might Get Smoother
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Chemical cleansers may be the culprit behind your skin drying up . They remove the skin’s protective oils, leaving you with dry, irritated skin. If you use a cleanser and find that it dries out your skin or makes it seem red, you may want to put it away for a bit and use water for your face wash.

2. The Occurrence Of Acne May Reduce

The Occurrence Of Acne May Reduce
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Although you may assume that using a cleanser will enable you to have less oily skin, the contrary is possible. The skin responds to dryness by producing more oil. Your pores might get bigger and the skin breaks out as a result. On the other hand, washing your face with cold water is thought to decrease oil production (sebum) and even inflammation.

3. Your Skin May Look Younger

Your Skin May Look Younger
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Toning your skin with cold water has anti-aging benefits. Alkaline soaps and cleansers (pH 9–11) damage the skin and cause it to lose suppleness. Wrinkles are an inevitable consequence of aging.

4. You May Get Less Allergic Reactions

You May Get Less Allergic Reactions
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Finding a suitable cleanser for skin that is both sensitive and prone to allergies may be difficult. There’s only one surefire way to know if it works for you, and that’s to put it to the test on your own skin. It’s possible to acquire an allergy or chemical burn from using certain cleaners, although it might not happen right away. So using water is the only way to be sure that nothing ruins your day.

5. Your Skin Will Get A Rest

Your Skin Will Get A Rest
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Makeup and other cosmetics may have a deleterious effect on the skin and make pre-existing issues worse. By ditching the lotions, you give your skin a rest and let it repair itself naturally.

What Happens When You Stop Washing Your Face?

What Happens When You Stop Washing Your Face
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Your skin type will determine the outcome of not washing your face with water. It is mostly the dry condition that causes a dulling of the skin. However, if you have oily skin, your pores can become blocked more easily, and you will have more acne outbreaks.

Everyone wants clear, beautiful skin, but it’s quite difficult to achieve. There is no universally effective method of skincare, and discovering the right products for your skin might take a lot of time and effort. The good news is that a plethora of products is not necessary for all skin care procedures. Indeed, the less, the better. Most skin care products are harsh on the skin, lowering its pH and killing off healthy microorganisms. If you’ve been washing the skin twice daily, try skipping the morning wash and instead using an oil-based cleanser throughout the evening to remove your makeup and sunscreen. The recurrence of your acne is likely due to the water in your washbasin. If you’ve done much traveling, you’ve probably noticed that different types of water have distinct effects on your face. Your skin tone may also be affected. The skin becomes irritated and dry if you use water that contains too many minerals, which can vary widely from location to location.

Doesn’t it sound like an oxymoron to wash your face without water? However, what we have in mind goes beyond a simple rinse. Splashing fresh water on your face isn’t always enough to clear your pores and draw out the gunk that causes blackheads and pimples on your skin. You don’t have to use water to wash your face if you use the right cleanser for your skin type and become used to using it. You’ll notice that your face never again gets oily if you stop washing it with water. When you wash your face often, your skin responds by increasing oil production to counteract the drying effects. Avoid switching cleansers every day, since doing so might cause your skin’s oil production to fluctuate, which in turn can lead to acne. So, what is your take on washing your face with water only? Let us know in the comments section!


  1. Skin anti-aging strategies, NCBI
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