Advertisement

What is glycerin soap?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

Glycerin soap is a transparent soap with added glycerin (a vegetable oil moisturizing agent). Products such as Neutrogena's Transparent Facial Bar, for instance, may be milder and more moisturizing due to the glycerin, but they still contain soap ingredients such as sodium cocoate and tallowate.

Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman's Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin

More About this Book

Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman's Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin

What if a leading dermatologist just happened to be your best friend and you could ask her anything? DR. ELLEN MARMUR, a world-renowned New York City dermatologist, answers all your questions with...
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Glycerin soap is a cleansing agent that may help to moisturize the skin. Glycerin and other moisturizing ingredients that are sometimes added to soap and other skin care products help the body retain more water and oil. If you have dry skin, ask a dermatologist which soaps and other skin care products make sense for you.

Continue Learning about Skin Cleansing Soaps

You Don’t Need Antibacterial Soaps to Keep Your Hands Clean
You Don’t Need Antibacterial Soaps to Keep Your Hands Clean
Think antibacterial hand soap is the best way to lather up? You might want to think again—especially since handwashing is a key way to protect yoursel...
Read More
Are there chemicals in soap that make it foam?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
There are specific chemicals in soap that act as foaming agents and help it to later. These include ...
More Answers
What are commonly used foaming agents in soap?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Ammonium lauryl and sodium dodecyl sulfate are the two most common foaming agents in soap. They also...
More Answers
What is a surfactant?
Dr. Ellen Marmur, MDDr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Every cleanser contains a surfactant, which emulsifies and washes debris and oil from the skin. This...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.