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Can soap change the pH balance of my skin?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Some soaps and beauty bars can change the pH of the surface of your skin, making it more alkaline (less acidic). Emollients are sometimes added to lower the pH of the cleanser, making it more neutral. If the pH of your skin is not balanced, you will have less protection against bacteria, infection, and water loss (dry skin). Liquid facial cleansers tend to be more acidic and are less likely to change the skin's pH.

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