Acqua e Sapone is a worldwide known saying that signifies healthy beautiful skin, but in fact, what do dermatologists think about this saying? Is it healthy for your skin to use soap as a cleanser?
Let’s dive deeper into this!
What is bar soap made out of?
Typical bars of soap contain long-chain fatty acid, alkali salts with a pH 9-10 with other common detergents. They cleanse the skin but can also increase the pH of the skin, disrupting its normal pH.
When this happens, the skin barrier is compromised and we see irritation, dryness, flaking, and redness.
Besides the pH disruption some soap contain ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate as well as parabens that we have to avoid, as they are known to cause endocrine dysfunction.
Should soap be a part of your skincare routine?
The majority of products that are marketed as “soap” are really “bar soaps” as opposed to “solid cleansers,” which have a pH of 9–10. The skin’s normal pH is slightly acidic, between 4-5, the range at which its microbiota thrives; changing this pH can irritate the skin, induce dehydration, and increase sensitivity, redness in the skin.
The short and simple answer is that most bar soaps are bad for cleaning your face, at least from a chemical perspective. Dermatologists
But let’s clarify, not all soaps are made the same. What the soap is composed of makes a huge difference, so understanding these differences will help you pick the right one for your skin. Dermatologists
If you prefer the soap consistency more than the liquid type many skincare brands offer bar soaps made just for your face.
Look for bar soaps that are unscented, hypoallergenic, and include high levels of moisturizing ingredients, such as ceramides, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide, and avoid ingredients like dyes, parabens, fragrance, lanolin, and formaldehyde.
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About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina. She has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.