Cleanser Recommendations by Skin Type
The bar soap has long been the standard tool for cleansing in most households. It is a simple but powerful cleanser. We now understand that they are not universal solutions, as they can irritate the skin, especially those with dry or sensitive skin. Depending on a person's skin type, or specific circumstances, different cleansing solutions are recommended.
Normal skin is the ideal skin type, and can flexibly use various cleansers without too much trouble. The traditional bar soap can be used as well as liquid cleansers, or other cleansing items. Excessive cleansing, however, can damage the skin and cause it to become dry and irritated.
Dry skin is a common skin type. Nearly one in four children have eczema, which causes dry skin, and during winter months it isn't uncommon for people with other skin types to suffer from dry skin due to the lower humidity and temperature as well as the effect of indoor heating. Regular bar soaps are harsh and often irritate dry skin as it changes the pH level of the skin's surface. Instead, we recommend the use of the milder liquid cleansers, hard-milled soaps, or synthetic detergents.
Sensitive skin is a common problem, although not a defined medical condition. People with sensitive skin react negatively to irritants, sometimes-common ones that other people would not react to. People with sensitive skin should avoid fragranced products as much as possible as it is one of the most common irritants. Liquid cleansers are recommended, as well as hard-milled soaps.
Those with oily skin should use stronger cleansers that rinse the excess oil off well. Bar soaps and stronger liquid cleansers are suitable as are acne cleansers, which are designed for those with acne-prone skin. Over-cleansing, however, is not recommended, as it can cause the body to create more oil, thinking that the skin is being dried up.