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How do antibacterial products affect skin barrier function?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

While many antibacterial products contain added moisturizers such as aloe, they still tend to be overly drying and can irritate the skin. Skin also relies on a certain amount of "good" bacteria for normal protection, and loss of that can be detrimental to the health of the individual. In order to keep skin's protective barrier intact and functioning properly, it is best to stay away from harsh cleansers and devices that aggressively exfoliate the skin.

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