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What are combination bars?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology
Combination bars combine real soap with synthetic detergents (as you might expect, they are less irritating than pure soap but not as mild as a synthetic detergent). They lather up better and have a stronger cleansing action than milder syndet bars. Gentle cleansers, such as Cetaphil and the aforementioned Dove, are examples of combination bars. Cetaphil contains sodium tallowate, sodium cocoate, and sodium cocyl isethionate (a mild synthetic surfactant), among other detergents.
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