Are synthetic detergents the same as soap?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Synthetic detergents, often found in beauty bars, are inherently milder than soap, which can strip skin of its own natural moisture. During cleansing, synthetic detergents (called syndets) help to keep the essential skin barrier components intact, and enable skin to recover quickly from the inevitable water loss that accompanies skin cleansing. Syndets also generally have a neutral or slightly acidic pH, which is better suited to skin maintenance (since skin is slightly acidic on its own) than alkaline soaps.

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