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What is an antibacterial soap?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Antibacterial soap is a personal hygiene product that may help reduce bacteria levels on the skin. Like any soap, the antibacterial variety works with water to remove dirt, oil, and other materials from the skin during bathing. Antibacterial soap contains additional ingredients that are designed to eliminate bacteria on the skin. Ask your doctor or dermatologist if you should use an antibacterial soap.

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