In a TikTok video
with 79.9k views and counting, Dr. Idriss (founder of Idriss Dermatology
in NYC), dropped the bombshell that most of us are using cleansers — specifically active cleansers, which include ingredients like exfoliating acids (e.g. salicylic, lactic
, and glycolic acid
) — all wrong. Not everyone will have an active cleanser in their routine, of course, but they're incredibly popular among those of us with skin gripes like breakouts, blackheads, and excess oil. Hydrating hyaluronic acid
, brightening vitamin C
, and oil-reducing niacinamide
also count as active ingredients, and no doubt at least one of them is inside the face wash you're using right now.