Is Washing Your Face With Bar Soap Bad For Your Skin? PART 1
FACT: Using a bar of soap on your face is bad for your skin.
In the past 25 years, bar soaps have received a lot of competition from face washing liquids, gels, creams and foams which are formulated to be gentler on the skin by not disrupting the surface moisture barrier. Despite the popularity of these gentler alternatives, there are still a lot of people who prefer to use a bar of soap–probably due to ease and habit.
However, is washing your face with a bar of soap really that bad for your skin?
Yes, I believe it is harmful to the skin to cleanse your face with a bar of facial soap. Although many bar soaps are now better formulated and gentler (due to a lower pH that closely matches the normal skin level), they will still be more drying sulfate-free gels, foams, liquids and creams. The binders that hold a bar of soap together naturally have a higher pH than products that are formulated specifically for cleansing the face, so they will have a drying effect on the skin. Skin that is dry and has parches is bad for the long-term health and look of the skin.
Why is it bad to dry out the skin?
When you wash with a foaming cleanser or soap that is too drying, it pulls all the water out of the skin and creates dead, dry skin cell buildup. To compensate for the moisture you removed, your moisturizer now have to repair the dehydrated cells caused from cleansing. (Not efficient at all!) Every product that is used on your face should be offering something beneficial and not something harmful or potentially damaging.
Are some bar soaps gentler than others?
Yes, there are bar soaps with moisturizer agents to make them gentler, but they are still a no-no in my book. Foaming cleansers are fine, I just don’t suggest ones in a bar form. Here’s the rule when it comes to foaming cleansers: The more lather and larger bubbles a foaming cleansers produces, the more drying it will be. The less lather with smaller bubbles, the less drying it will be.