Soap vs. Cleanser
Finding the Right Cleanser for your Skin Type
Have you tried a myriad of different cleansers or soaps on your skin only to still be frustrated with dry, dull and flaky skin or oily, shiny and acne prone skin?
Here’s a little lesson on your skin. The health of your skin is directly related to the balance or imbalance of pH in your body. pH, or potential hydrogen, is measured on a scale from 0 to 14, 0 being the most acidic, 7 being neutral and 14 being highly alkaline. For a pulse on what this means, water is a 7 on the pH scale, indicating its neutrality.
Adult skin has a pH between 5.4 and 5.9, leaning more to the acidic side. There is a very delicate balance with the skin being in between these ranges. The higher the pH of your skin, the more dry and easily irritated the skin can become. The prolonged dryness of the skin can lead to wrinkles and fine lines.
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Normal soaps are on the alkaline side, in the range of 9 to 10 which can make the skin feel clean, but can cause the skin to become more dry. Due to the high pH of soap, the natural oils on your skin may be stripped away, leaving your skin itchy, dry and in need of moisture. This can cause the sebaceous glands, or the oil glands, to overproduce oil to compensate for the dryness causing clogged pores and breakouts. Cleansers on the only hand, are much less abrasive and drying to the skin.
Different skin types will benefit from different types of cleansers.
For my oily skin individuals, try to look for a cleanser that contains a low percentage of salicylic acid, around 2%, to unclog pores and wash away any dead skin cells.
Dry or sensitive skin individuals, look for cream cleansers that are less drying on the skin and soothe dry or irritated skin. These cleansers leave the skin feeling clean and soft while adding moisture.
If you have combination skin, look for a product that has a neutral to acidic pH. These will cleanse the skin but leave it feeling moisturized and not overly dry or oily.
Remember, a cleanser is meant to work WITH your skin, not against it.
If you need help finding a cleanser that works well with your skin, give us a call or stop in and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.