Body Wash vs. Soap: Which Is Better?

    bodywashLiquid body washes are extremely popular.  Ranging from sports versions for women athletes to men on brands. are composed of a combination of synthetic and natural ingredients — a combination that works with many skin types. Synthetic detergents are less drying than traditional soap, and they’re less likely to leave a soapy residue on the skin. Glycerin and sunflower seed oil, natural ingredients frequently used in body washes, help keep skin hydrated.

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    Body washes are gentler than most other soaps because they contain large amounts of petrolatum, an ingredient that moisturizes and lubricates the skin. But while the gentle nature of liquid cleansers makes them ideal for dry or sensitive skin, their composition can make them less effective at removing oil, dirt and odor from your body. If you have oily skin, a deodorant or antibacterial bar soap may be a better choice for you. If you have acne-prone skin, select a bar or liquid soap that contains benzoyl peroxide or another acne-fighting ingredient that can help prevent blemishes.

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    Liquid body washes often come in a variety of scents, but these added fragrances can cause allergic reactions. If scented products irritate your skin, look for fragrance-free body washes, which are less likely to cause irritation

    While body washes are more gentle than traditional bar soaps, they’re not as effective at removing dirt, oil and odor from the skin. Most bar soaps contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a harsher detergent that washes away dirt and oil. Many deodorant and antibacterial soaps contain triclosan or triclocarban, which kills bacteria on the skin. But if you have dry or sensitive skin, avoid these soaps because they can cause dryness, causing skin to be itchy and flaky

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