So many skin problems, such as flaking and itching, that people blame on everything from diet to the weather come down to the soap they use. If your skin is always dry, it’s possibly the fault of your cleansing bar. To counter the dryness, you probably over moisturize and find yourself in a cycle that will never really correct the problem, especially if you use a mineral oil or petroleum based moisturizer. A good soap should leave your skin feeling and smelling fresh. It should not leave a greasy feel, it should not clog your pores and it should not dry your skin. Read below for some soaps to avoid…
Avoid them. Point.Blank.Period. Deodorant soaps contain chemicals that kill oder-causing bacteria. But any soap will kill bacteria without the harsh additives that dry and irritate skin.
Antibacterial Soap (Liquid)
Doctors have scrubbed without antibacterial soaps containing triclosan for years, but in our present germaphobic culture, they’re catching on for household use. Unless you have a good reason to use antibacterial soaps—for example, your family has very young children and recurrent strep infections—I would avoid them.
Medicinal substances (sulfur,tar) are added to soaps to aid in treating skin conditions like acne. Sulfur is an antiseptic and dries up acne, but so does Tea Tree Oil and it’s not as harsh. Try Tea Tree Oil instead.
Body Washes & Shower Gels
Body washes and shower gels are actually shampoo, and like shampoo, they contain the drying ingredient sodium laureth sulfate. They may feel silky on your skin because they contain silicone, a common (cheap) lubricant in many beauty products. Silicone sits on the skin, it does not penetrate. So, in spite of the hype body washes and gels do not moisturize nearly as well as a shea butter, milk or milled vegetable soap.