Why can’t I use soap or body lotion on my face? – Skin Q&A Sunday

Why can’t I use soap or body lotion on my face? – Skin Q&A Sunday

This is the first installment of Skin Q&A Sunday. Do you have a pressing skin concern or question that you want answered? Feel free to email me or post a comment on my facebook page and you might get featured! I’ll post a response every Sunday. Alrighty, lets get started!

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“Why is body soap not good for your face? Can I not put body lotion on my face either? How come?”   Victoria Van Patten

Hi Victoria! Thank you so much for you your question! I actually get asked these two things regularly in my studio.

It it always recommended to cleanse your skin at least twice a day, but if you’re using bar soap to do it you may be doing more harm than good. Soap contains harsh surfactants that dissolve and break down the skin’s healthy lipids and oils leaving it with dead skin build up and dehydrated. Although nowadays many soaps are formulated to be gentler by not using fragrance or dyes they are still highly alkaline. This decreases the naturally acidic ph of the skin making it vulnerable to infections, irritants, and acne. Many people use soap out of convenience or because they always have. Instead try to opt for a PH neutral cleanser that has ingredients specifically formulated to cleanse and care for delicate facial skin.

To address the second part of your question, there is a big difference between the skin on your face and the skin on your body. Your face contains some of the thinnest and most delicate skin you have. This means it is more susceptible to irritation, sensitivity, and allergic responses. Body lotions are designed to moisturize skin that is thicker, drier, and has a slower rate of exfoliation. These products often contain heavy emollients, fragrance, and preservatives that are capable of causing clogged pores, acne, redness, and excess oil.
Facial moisturizers are specifically formulated to nourish and protect fragile facial skin. They contain ingredients that target specific skin concerns and help heal and repair damage from acne, rosacea and the sun. If you are uncertain of what you should be using schedule a consultation with your esthetician. She will be able to help you find the ideal daytime moisturizer (with sun protection of course) and a treatment cream for night use to encourage hydration and maintain skin health.


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