Why does soap leave my skin feeling dry?

While soap can effectively remove dirt and germs from your skin, it can also remove the natural oils secreted by your skin. If you use harsh soaps too frequently, your skin may feel dry and rough. Some soaps are more drying than others, and some are even abrasive or irritating. Select a cleanser that is mild and moisturizing, and avoid stronger detergent bars and deodorant soaps, to help prevent dryness.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Soap can remove the natural oils produced by glands as natural protection for your skin and can leave it feeling dry and itchy. Unscented lotion containing lanolin is an inexpensive, effective treatment for mild dryness. Watch the animation to learn more about dry skin.

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