Tell Us How You Wash Your Face

Some people have “good” skin, some people have “bad” skin, some
people just don’t give a shit about the visible condition of
their skin. Personally, I have what I call “problem skin” and
boy, do I like buying a bunch of random chemicals to try to
beat it into submission.

We’re talking about skincare today because The Outline
ran a piece today
about skincare, and the explosion of
fancy skincare as a trend, and how “skin has withstood millions
of years of evolution without the aid of tinctures and balms.”

The Deadspin staff is still a majority (straight) male staff,
most of whom seem content to be stereotypically uninterested in
the anti-aging and largely vain rituals of skincare.
Regardless, we collectively represent all spans of the skincare
spectrum: Barry Petchesky washes his face with dish soap; I
love using acid on my skin to try to erase the years of
low-self esteem that come as an accessory to hormonal acne.

Here are our routines:

Albert Burneko: I wash my face with whatever
soap is in the soapdish in the shower probably once a month or
so, usually because I don’t want to be done showering yet.
Other than that, uh, I use a napkin to wipe the sides of my
mouth when I eat food. That’s about it. Oh yeah, during the
rest of my showers I will stand under the showerhead and let
the water beat my face for a bit, because it feels good.
Sometimes for no particular reason I will fill my cupped hands
with warm water from the bathroom sink and splash it on my face
like they do in commercials.

Patrick Redford: Soap like once a week or
whenever I remember to do it.

Laura Wagner: Neutrogena orange-colored face
wash (or generic brand) in the morning and at night. Sunscreen
lotion stuff in the morning. If my skin is dry, a different
less oily lotion at night. Occasional face mask when I’m
feeling fancy and/or vaping.

Lauren Theisen: Bar of soap daily (Dial—it’s
orange). Water on my face at night.

Dan McQuade: PanOxyl (or, more likely, its
generic equivalent) in the shower, then something with
salicylic acid afterward—if only so I don’t bleach the towels
when I’m drying off. (Note: I still bleach the towels.) Then
whatever moisturizer my fiancée is currently using afterward,
unless she’s using Gorgeous from Lush, in which case I use
something else because I’m not going to waste her $100
moisturizer on me. Sunblock if it’s the summer and I remember.
I try to wash when Cetaphyl or Purpose throughout the day when
I remember, and I wash my face with a generic salicylic acid at
night. This is the ideal situation, and there are many days
where I mess up and forget one of these steps. I need to get
back to the dermatologist. Someone remind me.

Jon Eiseman: I don’t wash my face with
anything but water when I’m in the shower, but I put a
sunscreen/moisturizer on in the mornings.

Dom Cosentino: I wash my face with shower gel
in the shower. When not showering, I use a bar of soap at a
sink. I make sure to do one or the other every day, sometimes.

Lindsey Adler: I always wash my hands (using
orange Dial) before washing my face and use paper towels to dry
them (towels hold bacteria). Then I use one of like, four
different cleansers—I like to keep my skin on its toes. I use
either Clinique’s dramatically different moisturizer or a
Kiehl’s one, or whatever shows up in my Sephora Play box every
month (hello, Belif Believe In Truth cream!!). I use Drunk
Elephant’s glycolic night serum or Cane & Austin 10-percent
glyolic pads. If I’m breaking out I use Renee Rouleau’s
anti-cyst treatment (it’s really and truly the best), and
usually some mix of face masks (not to hump Drunk Elephant too
hard but the Babyfacial mask is worth every dumb dollar—sheet
masks kind of annoy me. I also have a big rotation of
sunscreens because guess what… I’m pale and nearing 30. I
love washing my face ­čÖé

Dennis Young: I do nothing except for getting
it wet in the shower when I remember to, which is maybe like
half the time.

Tim Burke: Salicyclic acid pads for cleaning,
mix of ketoconazole and corticosteroid face ointments, then
Neutrogena for men moisturizer and 30 SPF sunblock. Cocoa
butter on elbows after every shower, ciclopirox shampoo twice
weekly, ketoconazole shampoo twice weekly, and tretinoid cream
around eye areas twice weekly.

Barry Petchesky: I use body wash on my face in
the shower every morning. Occasionally—maybe once every few
days on average—I’ll wash my face at a sink when it feels
especially gross. I’ll use what’s ever at the sink, be it hand
soap or dish soap or whatever. Soap is soap!

Nick Martin: Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Facial
Cleanser (it’s oil-free) in the morning, some generic hydrating
wash at night before bed. If I’m especially dry, I’ll work in
some Cerave cream in the morning. Sunscreen if I’m at the

Hannah Keyser: Importantly, this is the first
routine that’s working decently well. Turns out, my skin does
better with lots of hydration and less astringency:

Morning: Cosrx Low PH morning cleanser, Dr. Jart+ Cicapair
Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum, Bioessance squalane oil, DR. Jart+
Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30.

Evening: Oil cleanser to remove makeup, occasionally: Farmacy
Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask. I wash my
face again in the shower using Ursa Major face wash using a new
clean wash cloth every shower. Some sort of brightening serum,
and then either DR. Jart+ Ceramidin Gel-Cream or DR. Jart+
Cicapair Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Mask.

Emma Baccellieri: Orange Neutrogena face wash
(I think it’s the oil-free one?) in the morning. Lately, I have
gotten into the idea of face masks, but I don’t really know
what I’m doing and don’t want to spend that much on them, so I
just get various $2 sheet masks at CVS, which I don’t think
really do much for my skin (if anything??) but they make me
feel fancy and cool. Also, yeah, I know I need to start wearing

Giri Nathan: I basically quit face wash and my
skin improved, occasionally use Panacea to moisturize. Cold

Billy Haisley: Nothing but I’m still pretty ­čÖé

What do you do to your face?

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