If you have oily skin you are probably used to a routine of washing your face regularly. However, if you’ve been using soap to do it, then you may have been causing more harm than good, as soap has some less than nice effects. But how does soap influence your skin?
If you find that your skin is always very dry, then you should immediately stop washing your face with soap. Soap dries your skin further by stripping it of its natural oils which, short-term, may seem positive if you have oily skin.
However, the absence of the skin’s natural oils makes your skin dry and tight, and working overtime to compensate. Which will, inevitably, lead to oilier skin. Your skin is delicate, even if it’s not sensitive, and you can easily harm your skin more than you think.
Skin pH Balance
Potential of hydrogen, or pH, is utilised in chemistry as a numeric scale that specifies how acidic or alkaline a solution is. With pH, any value above 7 is alkaline and any value below is acidic. Your skin naturally has an acidic pH, as its protective barrier can have a pH range between 4 and 6.5. Soap is typically alkaline, which unbalances your skin’s protective layer. This worsens existing skin conditions and leads to irritated skin.
You might find that your acne becomes worse with frequent soap use; your skin is trying to regain its balance, resulting in the extra production of oil clogging your pores. And dead skin cells accumulate, which makes your complexion less vibrant and healthy.
Another effect of using soap on your skin is the appearance of premature lines and wrinkles. As soap strips your skin of natural oils and ceramides, your skin loses vital components that keep it youthful and wrinkle-free.
You’ll find your pores and age lines becoming visible and pronounced, and your complexion losing its shine.
Is There a Solution?
Whether you have dry or oily skin, ensuring your skin is cleansed is easy. Replace the soap with gentle and specially formulated creams that protect your skin! They ensure it doesn’t lose any of its natural oils, and that you look radiant and youthful every day.
Remember that taking care of your skin today and every day – morning and night – gives you great results, both short and long-term. You’ll notice how your skin remains smooth and beautiful for longer and breakout-free.
For stronger and healthier skin, book an appointment with us! You’ll give you a skin analysis and personalise a treatment that will boost your skin and help you feel your best.