The soap you use or Don’t use says a lot about the condition of your skin.
I get alot of email (myHairmyBeauty@yahoo.com) from readers that suffer from skin irritations and when I ask them what products they use, they say it is mostly soap.
Soaps, especially the beauty and medicated ones which flood the pharmacies and beauty stores in this country, are one of the most common causes of Contact Dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance.
Why is soap so irritating to the Skin?
Well all soaps are not the created equal, but most soaps are made with strong alkaline substance that gives the soap a high pH. Any skincare product with a high pH like soap can strip the skin of its natural moisture, lipids and proteins, leading to dryness, irritation, redness, and, in some cases, broken skin causing infection
How do you know if you’re using the wrong soap?
Look at the ingredients, does it contain sodium bicarbonate, or Sodium lauryl sulfate? then TOSS it. Also if after using the soap your skin gets really DRY and Itchy, TOSS IT!
Should I stop using Soaps altogether? Which Soaps are the BEST ones?
Not all soaps are bad, there are now soaps that come with exfoliating scrubs, shea butter, AHA, and brightening agents. Here are some of the best soaps out there:
1. Glycerin Soap – This clear, colorless, odorless soap is all natural, gentle and moisturizes while cleansing the skin. Glycerin soap is also known to contain Anti-aging properties. If you have eczema or psoriasis, this is the BEST soap to use.
2. MaryKay Timewise 3-in-1 cleansing Bar – Is dermatologist tested, oil free and fragrance free and created for people with Sensitive Skin. It will gently cleanse your skin, without causing irritation or dryness.
3. Dove Soap -This multi-purpose soap is one of the only hypoallergenic soap with moisturizing agents. The makers of this soap work hard to ensure that this soap also works for those with the most sensitive skin. If you like beauty soaps be sure to always pick DOVE.
4. DuDu Osun or African Black Soap – Made of Pure Honey, Shea Butter, Osun(Camwood), Palmkernel oil, Lemon and Lime Juice, this natural soap is great for cleansing and brightening the skin. But be careful if you have sensitive skin because some formulations on the market, do contain fragrances that can be harsh for your skin.
5.Handcrafted Bar Soap – Whether it is Shea butter soap, Goat milk soap, or Honey and peppermint soap, most Handcrafted soaps offer a healthier alternatives to traditional soaps that are heavy with Alkaline. Handcrafted soaps like L’Occitane’s shea butter soap are very gentle and moisturizing.
If it’s good for the Body, can I use it for my Face?
NO! NO! NO! Unless you’re one of those rare individuals that never breaks out and gets irritation from Bar soap. The skin on our face is more sensitive and thinner than the skin on our bodies. Bar Soaps because of their formulations are too HARSH for the face and impair the skin’s barrier function.
The skin is slightly acidic (pH of 4.5 -5.5), soaps are Alkaline (pH of 9-11.5, depending on formulation), so it’s best to use products that have a lower pH like gels, foaming cleansers, or liquid cleansers for washing the FACE.