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A 33-year-old male asked:

what's the difference between anti-bacterial soap, regular soap, and soap-free body wash? do they all clean the same?

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Dr. John Rohm
Dr. John Rohm answered
Cosmetic Dentistry 33 years experience
Soap: The anti-bacterial soap will contain triclosan. This is the anti-bacterial part, both contain soap to solubilize the oils and wash away dirt. The soap free probably does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate the main ingredient of soap, but you can look at the ingredients to see the difference. Triclosan is a redundant ingredient and a contributor to bacterial resistance.

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Last updated Apr 24, 2013

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