Are bar soaps bad for skin?
Depending on what kind of bar soap you use, it could actually be bad for your skin. “Traditional bar soaps can cause dry, dehydrated skin due to their high pH,” says Al-Nisa Ward, cosmetic chemist and founder of Cosmetic Science Innovations. … To be fair, there are newer formulations that offer a neutral pH.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation about not sharing personal items (including bar soap) is referencing methicillin-resistant staphylococcus, also known as MRSA, a type of staph infection that is resistant to certain types of antibiotics, “which is a bacterium,” says Dr. Morrison.
How dirty is a bar of soap?
It’s dirty, but that doesn’t make it a health hazard. Soap can indeed become contaminated with microorganisms, whether it’s in liquid or bar form. According to a series of tests conducted in the early 1980s, bars of soap are often covered with bacteria and carry a higher load than you’d find inside a liquid dispenser.
Why you should use bar soap?
Bar soap works by dissolving the dirt on the surface of your skin. As sweat and dirt mix with your body’s natural oils, it can settle on your skin and breed bacteria. Bar soaps break this oily layer apart and lift pathogens away from your skin.
Can soap give you acne?
Yes, standard bar soaps can actually cause acne and inflame your face. “By overly drying the skin, oil glands will try to auto-hydrate and produce more oil or sebum. This can lead to pore clogging and turn on the acne cascade,” warns Dr.
What soap do dermatologists recommend?
Recommended soaps are Dove, Olay and Basis. Even better than soap are skin cleansers such as Cetaphil Skin Cleanser, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser and Aquanil Cleanser.