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Have you washed your face and felt your skin was tight and dry afterward? 

Despite the common association of this feeling with being “squeaky clean,” a dermatologist warned that it’s actually an unfavorable sign for your skin.

In an interview with Metro, Dr. Justine Hextall, a consulting dermatologist affiliated with the skincare brand La Roche-Posay, explained that the tight, dry sensation post-cleansing could stem from three potential factors: a damaged skin barrier, usage of a harsh cleanser or the temperature of the water used for cleansing. It could also be an indication that you have “very dry skin.”