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Does washing your face with a mild soap everyday damage your epidermis or dermis?
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
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In brief: Soap
Ideally then, facial skin should not come in contact with soap or hot water so that the natural pH level of the skin, which is slightly acidic at 4 to 4.
5, is not disturbed. Leaving the acidity of the skin intact protects it not only from dryness, but also from blemishes and irritations that might come from invading bacteria. The skin has its own protective shield, regular soap can cause damage.

In brief: Soap
Ideally then, facial skin should not come in contact with soap or hot water so that the natural pH level of the skin, which is slightly acidic at 4 to 4.
5, is not disturbed. Leaving the acidity of the skin intact protects it not only from dryness, but also from blemishes and irritations that might come from invading bacteria. The skin has its own protective shield, regular soap can cause damage.
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