According to local skin care expert Heather Wade Mills—who just started offering facials at Loyly's Northeast location—aggressive facial cleansing “is the number one way people mess with the balance of their skin. Over cleansing and exfoliating disrupts the natural balance of your acid mantle—a protective layer supplied by a combination of water and oil that your skin produces—which is your immune system’s first line of defense. Unless you work in a coal mine, you do not need to be power washing your skin! If your skin feels squeaky clean, tight, and in need of moisturizer immediately after washing, you’re doing too much. Stick to gentle plant milk cleansers or cleansing oils to gently emulsify residue and flush the pores without stripping the acid mantle.” If her advice has you on the hunt for gentle cleansers, search no more—these 9 local brands have you covered.

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This article appeared in the Balance blog at Portland Monthly.