Too Much?: The Right Size to Apply

Too much of anything, is almost not a good thing at all. So when it comes to how much product you should be applying to your skin, it matters that you aren’t over doing it. 

With so many different steps in your skin-care routine, it can be seriously confusing to figure out just how much of each product you really need to use. You want to get better results from your skin care products by using them the right way. From cleansers and serums to moisturizers and more, here are some guidelines shared by dermatologist for just how much you need to use.

Face Wash or Cleanser: Whether you choose a gel or a cream cleanser, a dime-sized amount is all you need. For foaming cleanser, one pump should get the job done. If you use too much: Overusing anti-acne cleansers can leave your skin dry and irritated. If you use too little: If you do not use enough cleanser it will leave dirt, debris, and makeup on the skin, which can cause clogged pores and lead to breakouts.


A pea-sized amount of serum gives your skin a concentrated boost of ingredients that help with hydration, exfoliation, acne, or dull skin.

If you use too much: Using too much of any product leaves active ingredients sitting on your skin. Some, such as exfoliating serum, can lead to stinging or peeling.

If you use too little: If you use too little serum, you will not get the maximal effect


If you're using a moisturizer that suits your skin type, a nickel-sized amount should be enough for your whole face.

If you use too much: Overdoing moisturizer can make your skin shiny and lead to breakouts. It can also feel heavy on your skin and make it harder to put on your makeup.

If you use too little: Your skin may feel tight, flake, and look dull because it's not as hydrated as it could be.


Use a grape-sized amount for your face. For the rest of your body, you need enough sunscreen to fit in a shot glass.

If you use too much:  Most times people don't use enough sunscreen, so typically there is no such thing as using too much.

If you use too little: You could get sunburn. Over time, you might also get sun-damaged skin that looks old before its time. You could also get skin cancer.


A dab is enough to exfoliate. It is recommended in using a scrub with round beads, not jagged edges that could make small tears in your skin.

If you use too much: Your skin may become dry, irritated, red, and sore. Other products will sting when you put them on your face.

If you use too little: Scrubs are not mandatory, and they do not make or break a skin care routine.

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