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When I was in France recently, I noticed that many a Frenchwoman's toilette features a micellar solution. Micellar solutions are ideal for busy lifestyles and for sensitive skin. With one product, irritation-producing residues (including makeup and impurities) are removed, leaving the skin's moisture barrier intact. There is no rinsing involved, making micellar solutions ideal for quick use.

Cleansing is important because even in the absence of make-up, impurities accumulate on the skin's surface. These must be removed without using harsh ingredients that can irritate the skin. If impurities are left on the skin's surface for a long period of time, they can oxidize, leading to an over-reaction in sensitive skin types. This can lead to visible irritations on the face.

How does this solution work?

Micellar solutions force tiny particles of impurities sitting on the skin to clump together, forming larger particles which are easier to remove. No rubbing is necessary, so the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands are not overstimulated. The skin is less irritated by friction, and the natural moisture of the skin is retained. The result is great-looking skin.

Who should use a micellar cleanser?

Micellar solutions work well for all skin types, but they are particularly ideal for those with sensitive skin, which tends to over-react to ingredients or situations more aggressively than others. With a weaker barrier function, sensitive skin is more vulnerable and its physiological balance is fragile so it really responds well to gentle but effective attention.

How should I use a micellar cleanser?

Using a cotton wool pad, apply micellar solution to the face, eyes and lips. Do not rub or rinse off. You can partner it with a gel cleanser or eye makeup remover, but micellar cleanser does a great job on its own.

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Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed]
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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Marya1961 wrote Jun 20, 2012
    • Does that work well on acne prone skin, oily skin or skin that has been affected by acne and has mild scarring?



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      Pharmagirl wrote Jul 5, 2012
    • Hi Marya: A micellar cleanser is good for all skin types and particularly for skin which has sensitivities which can lead to breakouts. People with oily skin tend to use overly harsh cleansers as well, which can overstimulate the sebaceous glands and cause acne. Other products which are good for acne and acne scarring are [Link Removed] Hope this helps!


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