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Antibacterial Body Wash
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
Is it okay to wash my scalp with Dove Unscented Body Wash or the dove bar soap? Shampoo's make me itchy.
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
Yes: Wash of any skin exposed to insecticides, at the earliest after exposure. Soap and water will do, wash thoroughly. If you get any symptoms like increased salivation, sweating, abdominal pain, see a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
What's the difference between anti-bacterial soap, regular soap, and soap-free body wash? Do they all clean the same?
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. ...Read more
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
No: some just carry away dirt/ grease/grime - they are hydrophilic ...Read more
Soap: Regular soaps attach to oils that germs cling to. Hydrophilic/ hydrophobic. This allows the oil and germ to be flushed away with water. If you use only water - you would have to rely on rubbing motion to remove the germs that are flushed with water. ...Read more