• 6-15-2017

Pros And Cons of Washing Your Face with Bar Soap 

Your face is what you show to the world. Your goals, dreams, talents, wits, and accomplishments may be what you want to be known for, but your face is the first thing anyone will notice. This is why we direct so much energy into making our faces as presentable and noteworthy as possible. A beautiful face will get you in the door; the rest is up to you. But what about an itchy face, or a face that is marred with cracked or peeling skin?

Keeping your face clean is step one in ensuring that your face is your biggest selling point, but that doesn't mean that you should reach for the closest bar of soap the next time you hop in the shower. Bar soap can be a poor choice for facial care for several reasons.

Dermatologists warn that best skin care practices often call for avoiding bar soap use on your face for the following reasons: 

  • Bar soap is often scented and sometimes even dyed. These aesthetic add-ons could spell trouble in regards to how the bar soap treats your skin. 

  • Bar soap can be abrasive, especially if the bar isn’t properly moistened prior to use.

  • Because of the shape of the bar of soap, you may not get a full cleanse if you use the bar directly on your face. Bar soaps typically don’t provide the same microdermabrasion benefits that so many liquid soaps have.

Of course, liquid soaps or body washes can have a lot of the same exact problems. Before you start using a liquid soap, you need to take into account factors like:

  • The added cost of specialty liquid soaps, especially as a result of waste from excessive use

  • Added dyes or scents in liquid soaps (a similar issue in many bar soaps)

  • Exfoliating beads that can agitate the skin and cause redness

If you are worried about using soaps that may be too abrasive on your skin, consider switching to a facial cleanser for sensitive skin. This will ensure that you are being gentle to your face while getting a total cleanse for clear skin that is healthy and vibrant.

Whatever type of soap that you use, liquid or bar soap, you need to be careful to make sure that you are using a soap that is intended for facial use. Facial soap has a lower pH value than standard body soap, which is what makes it so ideal for use on the face, as it is less likely to dry out your skin. Using standard hand soap or body wash could leave your face red, dried out, or even result in peeling skin.  

For help choosing the perfect soap that keeps your skin healthy and beautiful, reach out to your dermatologist for support. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 770-251-5111 today.


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