Facial Cleanser Vs. Bar Soap: Which One Should I Use?

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The skin on your face is thin, sensitive, and it needs proper daily care to maintain a healthy glow. If you already have a skin care routine that includes washing your face twice a day – once in the morning and once at night after removing makeup – then you’re moving in the right direction.


But the product you’re using to wash your face with matters just as much as the cleaning itself. If you use bar soap to wash your body, then you may be wondering if it’s safe for use on your face as well. Or you may be wondering if you need a special cleanser just for washing your face.


There is a difference between a facial cleanser and standard bar soap when it comes to scrubbing your face. Keep reading to learn more.


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What’s the Difference Between Facial Cleanser and Soap?


Every day, your face encounters dirt, oil, bacteria, sun, environmental irritants and pollutants, and cosmetics that are prone to becoming trapped under your skin when you sweat. And because your face has more oil glands than other areas of your body, the skin is oiler and more likely to experience breakouts and inflammation from clogged pores.


Facial cleanser is designed to remove dirt, grime, bacteria, and oils from your face while also maintaining the natural oils your skin needs to be healthy. Cleansers hydrate and moisturize while they clean, and the formulas are gentle enough to use every day without causing irritation or dryness. Additionally, you can choose from multiple types of cleansers to find one that meets your skin care needs. For example, if you have oily or acne-prone skin, washing with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid can help unclog your pores and exfoliate dead skin.


Standard bar soaps are not designed to clean the sensitive skin on your face. Soaps contain strong detergents that scrub away dirt, grime, bacteria, and oil from your body – and in the process they also strip away your skin’s natural oils. Harsh soaps cause facial dryness, irritation, flaking, and inflammation. Dry skin can even lead to acne breakouts. When your face is stripped of its natural oils, it overcompensates by producing excess oil that clogs pores and causes breakouts.


What Kind of Cleanser Should I Look For?


The surface layer of skin on your face is thin and prone to irritation, so look for a gentle facial cleanser that you can use every day. Look for the following labels when choosing a product:


  • Fragrance-free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Soap-free


Let these terms guide you in selecting a mild cleanser free of harmful fragrances or dyes that might inflame or irritate sensitive skin.


If you have a specific skin goal in mind – like clearing up acne or reducing facial redness – then look for products that contain ingredients to meet those needs. Keep in mind that cleansers with acne-fighting or exfoliating agents may be harsher than normal products, so limit your use to once a day and choose a second, mild cleanser for additional use during the day.


So….Should I Never Use Soap on My Face?


Never say never. The primary problem with using soap to wash your face is that standard bar soaps often have chemicals, dyes, detergents, and fragrances that aren’t meant for use on thin facial skin.


However, today you can find a greater diversity of bar soaps available – including ones designed for facial cleaning. The key is to choose a bar soap with the right ingredients, but that task is easier today than ever before. Depending on your skin care needs, you can find non-comedogenic bars, oil-based bars to prevent dryness, fragrance-free and dye-free bars for sensitive skin, and even soap-free cleansing bars. As a bonus, bar soap is more environmentally friendly and affordable than most cleansers.


At Ageless Allure Medispa, our goal is to help you find beauty, balance, and health through personalized spa treatments. We use specially licensed skin care products like the Jan Marini line that are designed to treat skin care concerns like sun damage, acne, hyperpigmentation, and skin aging. For more information about our products and services, explore our website or contact our Winter Haven, FL, office at 863-292-2317.