beauty

Should We Be Using Soap-Free Face Cleansers?

October 5, 2015 by Rachel Gulmi
shefinds | beauty

All throughout high school and college, I had really clear skin. Like, I very rarely got pimples and my skin tone was even. However, as I’m getting older my skin is unfortunately changing and I’ve been prone to way more breakouts. I make it a point to take care of my skin and I’m always trying to use the correct products. I’ve been hearing about soap-free face cleansers and I was curious to know if they were any better than regular cleansers.

The writers at Beauty Blitz talked to two reputable dermatologists about soap-free cleansers. Dr. David Bank and Dr. Neal Schultz explain the difference between soap-free cleansers and soap cleansers.

Dr. Bank said, “Soap is made of a compound of natural oils or fats with sodium hydroxide or another strong alkaline solution. It is mainly used as a surfactant for washing, bathing and cleaning.” Therefore, products without soap are made without the combination of fats and alkaline solutions. Dr. Bank also notes that just because something may be soap-free, it will lather just as well.

Dr. Schultz says there are a lot of detergent chemicals that can be used lieu of soap. “What they both have in common is that they’re both surfactants – they can hold onto oil and water, so you can wash away oil with water,” he said. Dr. Schultz goes on to explain that when making soap-free products you can have a lot more versatility because you can put a “wider range of ingredients” in it. He also states that using regular soap is fine for basic needs, “but for your face, where you can have a water-oil imbalance, then you can use something [soap-free] made for your imbalance.”

Both doctors recommend using soap-free products if you have sensitive skin. At the end of the day, it seems like it boils down to what type of skin you have, but soap-free or not, a cleanser will do its job!

Don’t miss 9 uses for Aquaphor and the best drugstore body lotions under $10!

[Photo: Shutterstock]

 

From Our Partners

From Our Partners

beauty

5 Drugstore Anti-Aging Serums That Work Better Than Botox

February 17, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
They won't break the bank!

beauty

This Is The Worst Mascara You Can Use, According To Experts

February 17, 2018 by Kiarra Lyles
Don't do it!

beauty

These Are The Most Popular Hair Trends Of 2018 So Far

February 16, 2018 by Kiarra Lyles
Celebrities are already trying them

beauty

This $6 Drugstore Lip Plumping Gloss Works Better Than Lip Injections

February 16, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Watch out, Kylie Jenner!

beauty

5 Hair Mistakes That Are Actually Making You Look 5 Years Older

February 16, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty
These 5 hair mistakes could make you look older

beauty

Everything You Need To Know About Ulta's Amazing President's Day Sale

February 15, 2018 by Samantha Peters
The savings are already starting!

beauty

Here's Everything You Need To Know About The New NARS Orgasm Lip Balm

February 15, 2018 by Jennifer Hussein
It's COMING!

beauty

7 Trader Joe's Skincare Products We Wish We Knew About Sooner

February 15, 2018 by Kiarra Lyles
Spoiler Alert: They're Amazing!

beauty

I Added This $24 Product To My Skincare Routine & It Totally Changed My Skin

February 15, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Bye bye, breakouts!

beauty

5 Cheap Drugstore Moisturizers Dermatologists Swear By For Sagging Skin

February 15, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Tighter skin has never been easier

beauty

The One Place You Should Never Put Coconut Oil, Like Ever

February 15, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty
There's one place you should never use coconut oil

beauty

5 Natural Drugstore Shampoos Dermatologists Swear By For Thinning Hair

February 14, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
We're never going back!

beauty

This $23 Face Wash Removes Makeup Better Than Your Favorite Makeup Wipes

February 14, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Where has this been all our lives?!

beauty

Hands Down, These Are The Best Drugstore Foundations For Under $10

February 13, 2018 by Kiarra Lyles
Full coverage that won't break the bank

beauty

5 Sephora Eye Creams That Work Better Than Botox

February 13, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
#YAS

beauty

4 Anti-Aging Vitamins Dermatologists Swear By

February 13, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty
These anti-aging vitamins can keep you looking and feeling amazing

beauty

Here's Everything You Need To Know About The New NARS Orgasm Lip Balm

NARS has some big news to share! The brand that ...

beauty

Ulta's Return Policy Is So Amazing, There's A Lawsuit Over It

It’s one of our favorite places to stock up ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS