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Doctor insights on: Antibacterial Body Soap

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Can dial antibacterial soap help acne?

Can dial antibacterial soap help acne?

Basically no: Acne is a non-hygiene-related disease, and the bacteria that cause it are deep and won't be touched by bathing soap. If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't helped your acne after two weeks, get with your personal physician. It's a serious, chronic disease that's often a grave personal and professional liability. Do what you have to. ...Read more

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Antibacterial soap good for skin infections?

Antibacterial soap good for skin infections?

Probably not: Antibiotic soap can prevent infections, but it's unlikely to treat them once they happen. ...Read more

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Doesn't antibacterial soap just kill bad bacteria?

Doesn't antibacterial soap just kill bad bacteria?

Not a concern: We worry about killing "good bacteria" in the GI tract. It's not an issue on the skin. There's no harm if you happen to kill some harmless bacteria living on your hands. However, plain soap and water is enough for most purposes. ...Read more

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Could antibacterial soap kill hepatitis c?

Could antibacterial soap kill hepatitis c?

NO: Hepatitis C is an RNA virus circulating in your bloodstream and causes inflammation of the liver. Although washing your hands is great for killing bacteria, it doesn't kill the hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV is contracted by way of the blood stream (i.e. IV drugs and sharing needles, blood transfusions before the early 1990's, tattoos and even sexually, etc). We can cure hepatitis C > 90% now. ...Read more

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Can cetaphil antibacterial soap work for acne?

Can cetaphil antibacterial soap work for acne?

Get a real Rx: This is unlikely to touch the deep-living bacteria that are part of the cause of acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, please get with your personal physician. We can manage all acne scientifically, and it's your right to have the benefits. ...Read more

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Are all soaps, bath soap, beauty soap,etc., to be anti-bacterial?

Are all soaps, bath soap, beauty soap,etc., to be anti-bacterial?

No: some just carry away dirt/ grease/grime - they are hydrophilic ...Read more

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Can antibacteria soap harm my septic system?

Can antibacteria soap harm my septic system?

Septic systems: Per Cornell University Cooperative Extension: “Don’t flush antibiotics, other prescription drugs, or over-the-counter medicines into the septic system.” "Moderate use of household cleaners, disinfectants, detergents, or bleaches will do little harm to the septic system itself, though it may impact the environment beyond your drainfield." See: http://waterquality.cce.cornell.edu/septic/archive/C ...Read more

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Is antibacterial dial bar soap good to clean genitals with I heard that antibacterial removes the good bacteria?

Is antibacterial dial bar soap good to clean genitals with I heard that antibacterial removes the good bacteria?

Regular soap is fine: "Antibacterial" soap is a marketing gimmick. The fact is, soaps of any kind remove bacteria from the skin surface. Their overuse can alter the normal balance of good vs bad bacteria. The problem with "antibacterial" soaps is that it breeds bacteria resistance, which confers a survival advantage. This means that the resistant bacteria will grow even in the presence of the "antibacterial" soap. ...Read more

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Will antibacterial cleaner kill scabies?

Will antibacterial cleaner kill scabies?

No, Scabies are not: Bacteria. Medications prescribed by your health care provider are usually needed to treat scabies. Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, ; crotamiton. ...Read more

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How does Ivory soap kill bacteria?

Ivory soap: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Is cetaphil antibacterial soap okay for your vagina?

Is cetaphil antibacterial soap okay for your vagina?

No: You should not be using soap in or on your vagina. Soap is for skin, not mucous membranes. ...Read more

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What is soap in soap suds enema?

What is soap in soap suds enema?

Irritant. Don't use: Soap is soap. Soap suds enemas are highly irritating to the lining of the rectum and colon. Aside from causing a bowel movement can cause a whopping inflammation (colitis). Tap water enemas or store bought phosphate enemas are safer (check with md, especially if history of heart, kidney, liver trouble). Oil retention enemas are lubricant. ...Read more

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Is dettol soap dangerous for washing varginal area?

Is dettol soap dangerous for washing varginal area?

Concerns: Dettol liquid antiseptic/ disinfectant could cause changes in vaginal flora and ph. Usually soap ; disinfectants are not needed inside the vagina. ...Read more

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Is dove unscented bar soap okay to wash hair with as well as ivory bar soap?

Is dove unscented bar soap okay to wash hair with as well as ivory bar soap?

No not a good idea: It is not a good idea as soap even dov can dry your scalp.Use a shampoo for your kind of hair oily or dry. ...Read more

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Is cetaphil antibacterial soap ok to use for personal intimate cleaning?

Is cetaphil antibacterial soap ok to use for personal intimate cleaning?

No: If by "intimate" you're referring to your delicate parts, the answer is no, especially for the vagina and anal areas. Harsh soaps can cause drying, cracking and itching, and should be avoided. In fact, it's best to minimize the use of soap at all: just a little water is enough. ...Read more