Five reasons why soap is bad for your skin

10 April 2015

You may find it hard to believe, but using soap to get clean can have a detrimental effect on your skin. Here are five reasons why you should ditch the soap:


  • It dries your skin out

Soap has been found to strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it rough, itchy and prone to flaking. For some, this can trigger eczema. Experts recommend using creamy cleansers instead of soap to rehydrate your skin and help it retain sufficient moisture.

  • It leaves skin weak

Bars of soap with a high pH can damage the outer, protective layer of your skin, leaving it prone to inflammation and sallowness. If you must use soap, look for a bar with a neutral pH.

  • It can cause wrinkles

Drying soaps rid your skin of fats and ceramides, leaving it more susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles – and nobody wants to age prematurely!

  • It can cause breakouts

The last thing you want from your cleansing routine is spots, but the drying effect of soap can cause your oil glands to produce more sebum, leading to clogged pores and Acne. Look for hydrating cleansing products to ward off those unwanted blemishes.

  • It’s a breeding ground for germs

Believe it or not, soap can actually compromise our built-in immunity against bacteria and viruses, making it easy for those germs to get into our systems.


Do you use soap to clean your skin? Have you noticed any of the above? Send us a tweet with your observations.




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