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What does a mild cleanser do?

A mild cleanser will get rid of pollutants, oil, dead skin cells and dirt, but it will preserve a healthy layer of natural oil and moisture on the skin.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A mild cleanser helps to preserve skin's natural components, proteins and lipids. These essential building blocks are what keep the outer layer of our skin healthy and hydrated. Mild cleansers often contain cleansing agents called synthetic detergents, or "syndets," which are gentler to skin and help to prevent stripping of natural moisture, as well as help prevent irritation that can cause breakouts. Harsh soaps can aggravate acne-prone skin.

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