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What effect does soap have on skin?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
In addition to cleaning your skin, soap can also remove natural oils that provide protection. Regular use of lotion or moisturizer can help to prevent skin from becoming too dry. Watch the animation to learn more about dry skin.


Soap removes oil and dirt that can cause skin problems and even infections. However, some types of soap also remove natural skin oil, which protects and lubricates the skin. When you're not sweaty or dirty, apply a mild cleanser to the armpits, genitals, hands, and feet only. Avoid using abrasive, drying or irritating soaps, since they might lead to breakouts or dry, flaky skin. Try using a gentle, moisturizing beauty bar or body wash to help keep skin healthy.
                                                                                                                                       

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