Question: Is it okay to use a soap bar to wash your face?

Hey Dr Maureen, I would like to know, is it okay to use a facial cleaning soap bar on your face for cleansing? For example Clinique soap bars? Experts always advice not to use soap on your face, is that true and the same with soaps especially made for the face? If not, do you recommend any specific brand or type? And also is it okay to use even if you have dry/combination kinda skin and for breakouts? Thanks for your great answers! :)


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.

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