Is it okay to wash my face with a bar of soap?

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Is it okay to use a facial cleansing soap bar on your face for cleansing? Experts always advise not to use soap on your face. Is that true (even for soaps especially made for the face)? 


Skincare expert Dr Maureen Allem from Skin & Body Renewal responds:

“If your skin is already dry, the use of a soap or foaming cleanser is not necessarily the best idea. There is nothing wrong with a gel cleanser as long as it is not soapy, as this will exacerbate the dryness. You will find that if you do, your skin will become more dry, more sensitive, and you can then become prone to breakouts and pigmentation. So personally, I am not particularly pro the use of soaps or soap bars on the face, neck and chest area.”

Would you like to ask Dr Allem a question? Ask it here.

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    Funny enough, when I was younger I used bar soap for my face and never had any acne back then and I would always get compliments about my skin.

    3 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I have very dry cheeks and I realise now that when I used foaming cleaners, it left my skin feeling very tight. Now that I’m using balms and cleansers that don’t foam, I don’t have that uncomfortable feeling of needing to apply a moisturiser right away.

    3 years ago •

  1. Ubiebo Ogulu

    OMG, I have dry skin and I’ve been washing my face with a soap bar for years. It does make my skin dry, but I didn’t think anything of it because I use a moisturizer.

    3 years ago •

  1. Janneke Gerber

    Just thinking about washing my face with a bar of soap makes it feel dry. I love my Ponds face wash, so I’ll stick to that.

    3 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I enjoy Dove soap. It is so smoothing.

    3 years ago •

  1. Kenastacia Asia

    I have dry skin, and I don’t use soap to wash my face, instead I just wash it with a good cleanser. I use the Avon Solutions Freshest Pure Range.

    3 years ago •

  1. dirtdiva

    I am a combination type skin profile, and I am really enjoying the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with cotton seed. Normal or combination variant works for me. Lather a small amount of cleanser in the hand and massage over the entire face using light, circular movements. Avoid the eye contour area. Rinse thoroughly using cool water in the morning and warm water in the evening. As gentle as cleansing milk and as effective as soap!

    3 years ago •

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