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Regardless of how much Vitamin D you’re getting, sunsets are always awesome…

I know, Mom, told you it was the right thing to do…

My mom told me too.

But as Annamarie and I have learned more about skin (due to the creation of her skin care line), we’ve been shocked at some of the conventional wisdom about skin care that is completely false.

The most shocking, I’d have to say, is that most (if not all soap) is not good for your skin.

That’s right… NOT good.

I know it sounds crazy and that we all were taught we needed soap to keep us clean, but here are at least three reasons why using soap can damage your skin – all which are known and understood by the best estiticians and skin care chemists.

1. Soap washes away your skin’s natural protective barrier.

while soap may wash away the dirt and grime, most soaps also take your skin’s natural oil barrier with it as well.

Basically, the squeaky clean feeling you get after using soap is your body telling you that all your natural oils have been stripped away!

Your skin had a natural layer of fatty acids that is called the acid mantle barrier. This barrier protects the skin from infection and keeps your skin moisturized naturally.

When the acid mantle barrier is damaged consistently by using soap, you eventually will end up with dry, inflamed and sometimes acne prone skin.

I know you may never have heard about this before, but it’s well known to those who have worked with skin as a profession.

The reason why soap can damage this barrier is because of pH differences in your acid mantle and your soap.

The pH of this barrier is about 5.5 which is acidic in nature.

Most soaps, including castile soaps that you find in the health food store, are alkaline in nature. This means their pH can range up to 9.0.

When a soap of a higher alkaline pH reacts with your lower pH acid mantle barrier, the soap neutralizes the pH and destroys the fatty acid barrier.

This is specifically how soap “cuts” grease – which is fine for washing the dishes, but not for your skin.

Without a strong acid mantle barrier the skin will be susceptible to infection, inflammation, dryness and acne.

Soap makers actually know about this, which is why some try to add moisturizers into their soaps to make up for the fact that all the skin’s natural oils are being stripped when you use the soap.

If you’ve ever wondered why some people use gloves to wash dishes, this is exactly why – the soap washes off all your natural oils on your hands leaving them chapped and dry.

Now, with all that said, here’s an important question to answer: How do you know if your soap is alkaline?

Soaps that have suds are all generally alkaline. So if your soap bubbles, you can say goodbye to your acid mantle barrier!

2. Soap can interfere with your ability to absorb vitamin D.

This second point piggybacks on the first.

There has been some research that shows washing away your natural acid barrier with soap can also wash away some of the vitamin D that is synthesized on and in your skin when you spend time in the sunlight.

While this research is still emerging – I don’t know how much this actually effects vitamin D levels in the body – what seems to be the most evident is that soap is implicated again in the destruction of the acid mantle barrier.

This means that everyone but your soap manufacturer is starting to realize how important having natural oils on your skin really is and how wicked most soaps can be.

3. Soap kills essential bacteria on your skin.

Let’s face it, we have a lot more bacteria on, in and around us than most people are comfortable admitting.

Soap is naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, so using it will destroy bacteria on your skin, but is that a good thing?

Our desire to conquer and destroy every last microbe, has actually made us worse off – particularly for your skin.

Just as friendly bacteria in our gut help digest food, the bacteria on our skin play an important role in the health of your body as well.

A 2009 study published in Nature Medicine (here), showed decreased skin inflammation around injury when there was natural skin bacteria present. This means in a micro-injury type situation like scrubbing, you will likely experience less redness, less clogged pores and likely less acne when your skin flora is intact.

Of course, we didn’t need a skin study to confirm this (you know how I feel about science at times.) estiticians have been applying yogurt to the skin for decades to help improve skin tone, reduce inflammation and re-populate skin bacteria colonies. Many of them have also been using properly pH balanced cleansers as well.

So there is long term proof, that the skin flourishes when good bacteria are present, not when the skin is sterile.

Soaps that are alkaline in nature and anti-bacterial will all do a part in the destruction of your skin flora and cause you more harm than good.

To wrap this up, there is enough proof that demonstrates using soaps – which are anti-bacterial by nature – and other agents that are poorly pH balanced for your skin will disturb your skin’s delicate ecosystem and could leave you with dry, inflamed and acne prone skin – all while you think you’re doing the best to prevent these issues.

So what is the solution?

Get off the soap and find a pH balanced cleanser and wash that will not damage your acid mantle barrier.

A good cleanser and body wash, made with organic ingredients, will not produce suds and will match your skin pH keeping the integrity of your natural oils.

Now as you may or may not know, we do sell these two products. Annmarie’s Aloe Herb Cleanser and Peppermint Rosemary Body Wash are both pH balanced to protect your skin.

Of course, we’d like you to try ours for many reasons, but the reason I’ve written this article is not to sell you on our products – it’s to educate you about how to take care of your skin properly.

If you want, you can try Annmarie’s products, or you can do your own research and find your own. The only thing I ask is that if you want your skin to look healthy for the long run, please be sure to reconsider your use of skin damaging soaps.

The other thing I do ask is that you understand many skin care companies do use preservatives and ingredients that at certain amounts are NOT required to be listed on the labels.

So while you may think you’re getting something clean, it may contain nasty ingredients without you knowing at all. (Annmarie uses no hidden preservatives or any other silly tricks.)

The best thing to do, just like knowing your farmer, is to know your skin care provider. Ask them questions and be your own investigative reporter. LOL!

I want to know your thoughts: Did you know this about soap?

If you want to try Annmarie’s Peppermint Rosemary Body Wash, you can get a free travel sized bottle with your purchase here:

http://store.renegadehealth.com/Bath-Beauty-c5

This special deal has been extended until tomorrow, March 2nd!

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Special: Free Travel Sized Body Wash Deal Extended Until March 2nd!

We’ve just extended Annmarie’s free travel sized body wash special for one more day!

Here are all the details if you missed them…

I want to share that Annmarie has just released a new product in her award-winning skin care line.

It’s her new Annmarie Skin Care Rosemary Peppermint Body Wash.

This is a product that I’m really excited about for many reasons.

First, it can replace soaps that are not pH balanced and damage your acid mantle barrier.

Your skin is delicate and requires a certain amount of oil to protect it from infection and keep it healthy.

Most soaps (all soaps that foam) are too alkaline and damage this barrier.

Washing with a body wash that is equal to your skin surface pH – about 5.5 – will help you maintain your skin’s integrity and keep you looking youthful and vibrant.

Second, using it in the shower is refreshing, energizing and totally turns your cleaning time into an aroma therapy session.

(Almost like those Herbal Essences commercials minus the synthetic chemical smells!)

Finally, it’s something the whole family can use. I know most men don’t invest in skin care products, so this is a way to get everyone interested in taking care of possibly one of the most important body parts!

(If you’re one of the rare men that do, I’m thrilled you’ve learned the importance of this!)

To try this product, you have two options…

1. You can trust us and dive right in!

If you’ve already tried Ann’s products and know they’re awesome, here’s where you can get Annmarie’s Body Wash now…

http://store.renegadehealth.com/Bath-Beauty-c5

When you order the full size, we’ll also send you a 1 oz travel size bottle as well as a gift! ($6.95 value!)

(Please note: Unlike Annmarie’s other products, the Body Wash is in a plastic bottle for shower safety!)

2. If you want to try before you buy, we can send you a free 1 oz travel size bottle if you purchase over $35 in the store. (Excluding e-orders.)

For all orders in the Renegade Health Store over $35, we’ll send you a free 1oz travel size bottle of Annmarie’s Rosemary Peppermint Body Wash for you to try ($6.95 value!)

This deal only lasts until Tuesday Morning, March 1st OR until we run out of the travel size bottles!

As you know, we tend to run out of things pretty fast (we ran out of cinnamon bark in 2 days last week!), so be sure to secure your gift with your order now!

To get this gift, all you have to do is put the word “Bodywash” in the “shipping Instructions” area when you check out!

Here’s where you can go to take a look in the store, get your $35 worth of awesome health products and get a travel sized bottle of this new, awesome Body Wash ($6.95 Value!)…

http://store.renegadehealth.com/Bath-Beauty-c5

(E-orders are excluded from this deal.)

Live Awesome!
Kev

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Les says:

    hi thanks for that article.

    what do you think about Bronners?

  2. Nadia says:

    Yes I did know this about soap. Important information that would be helpful for everyone to know… and that most people, unfortunately, don’t.

    I use a homemade body scrub on my skin and a dry skin brush before showering. In my hair, just baking soda and an apple cider vinegar rinse. No artificial, harmful or toxic ingredients. When you make your things yourself, you know exactly what is in them.

    Good to get into the habit of reading ingredient labels, making your own stuff and/or talking to the producers of any products you buy as, like Kevin said, they don’t always list everything that is in body care products.

    Nowadays many people are obsessed with anti-bacterial washes of every kind… these can do more harm than good as they wipe away our beneficial bacteria, our protective layers and promote the evolution of super-bacteria that is more resistant making it harder to combat them when we need to.

  3. John F. says:

    In light of this article, what would you say about Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild soap?

  4. Doug from Dallas says:

    Been using castille soap lately with good results. Simple, yet effective.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    What do you use at the kitchen or bathroom sink for routine hand washing outside of the shower?

  6. LuvLife says:

    I’ve never really used soaps and when my bf and I moved in together he stopped using them too. What I am curious about is a more balanced shampoo… anyone know any good products? No offense but I don’t see baking soda and ACV smelling all that nice…

  7. Sue says:

    I’ve known that something about the average OTC soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and such are not good for you, but knowing what to use instead has been a big question for quite a while.

  8. Ingrid says:

    Yes, I still use regular shower gels. The reason being that every time I test something new I end up with dry skin. Perfume free shower gel for sensitive skin – dry skin. Olive soap – insanely dry skin ALL OVER. Natures Paradise organic body wash – very dry skin. So far the most ‘regular’ shower gels out there are what my skin is most happy with.

    Annmarie’s Aloe-Herb Cleanser that I use for my face is nice though. And it doesn’t bubble! :)

  9. Great article Kevin. You can take this beyond soap as well and into the treatment of burns, bug bites, poison ivy, etc. Choosing a more acidic (pH accurate) option is always better.

    I’ve even found bottled water to work wonders for those problems.

    @LuvLife…the vinegar smell doesn’t linger that long…and white vinegar seems to be better. You could always add an essential oil to the “shampoo”.

  10. Sarah says:

    Yes, I am aware of this. I am working on making my organic skin care products to match the ph balance of the skin. I’m pretty close now. I have had wonderful results with my products. Thank you for sharing this very important information.

  11. kristyne says:

    For very long (waist length), very curly fine hair, i use liquid castile soap diluted 50% with purified water + 1 tsp. pure jojoba oil + 1 tsp vitamin E oil. You can add essential oil if you wish. Shake well before each use. I also do the baking soda wash/vinegar rinse every 3rd or 4th time I shampoo. I used to spend a fortune on designer shampoos and products but my hair is thicker, shinier and gets more compliments now (and I’m 53!).
    The same liquid soap makes a gentle face and skin wash when mixed 1 TBS castile soap/2 oz good quality honey/2 oz glycerine. I make small batches and use it up quickly.

  12. Cherry says:

    I feel more than confident that your products are top of the line. I would love to try them but just not financially feasible. I dont mean this in a negative way. I am sure it takes a lot to create these things in the beginning. I have been hoping there would be a sample kit show up someday!? Is this possible?

  13. barbara says:

    Any skin care product made with petrochemicals,etc is toxic. Products made with vegan, organic oils and essences are safer. I use and make a product that is two, for the body and hair, it separates because my products have no petrochemicals to bind it together. Think of all the stuff out there for children that could be safer. Small companies are out there to bring safer products to all because we care.

  14. Alyssa Boyle says:

    Thank you for the info. I love learning sommething new every day. I will be placing an order soon! :)

  15. Alyssa Boyle says:

    Oops! Spelling is compromised when typing on phone.

  16. Beverley says:

    An interesting article on somebody who stopped using soap and shampoo – for a year…. in the comments there are other ideas, like stop using laundry detergent.

    boingboing.net/2011/01/04/i-havent-used-soap-i.html

    Other articles with similar experiments:

    dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-477378/Six-weeks-wash-The-soapless-experiment.html

    vladdolezal.com/blog/2010/no-soap-no-shampoo/

    wyrmis.com/journal/2010/01/2311-noshampoo-final.html

  17. kathy says:

    Can you check ph of soap with ph strips? I am going to try!
    Thanks for this great info

  18. DJ says:

    Hi!
    Dry skin brushing is recommended to help remove toxins from our bodies but does that affect the acid mantle or skin barrier?

  19. Woody says:

    Arbonne body wash and skin conditioner are the best on the commercial market. If you “are not doing this to promote Anne Maries products”, I think you should include the arbonne products because they are so healing for the skin and available everywhere.

  20. I still use some soap, but only under my arms when I have been working out or something like that!! …. and when I am washing my hands of course!! ;D
    BUT I only use 100 %pure organic soap, my favorite right now is Vermont castle soap! A whole bottle of 8 oz has lasted for 1 year now, and I still have half of the bottle left!!!! :O Good value for the money is the only sentense I can say…. lol.

  21. Thomas says:

    The EWG (Environmental Working Group) has their soap safety research results at:
    http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/browse.php?category=bar%20soap&showmore=products&start=0&order=webscore+INC

    They have all types of body cleaners rated for safety at:
    http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/browse.php?maincat=skin+care+%28cleansing%29

    You can look up the products you have used and see how they rated the safety of their ingredients.

  22. Teacher says:

    We’ve been using soap with shea butter on our hair, which is still gentler than shampoo.
    This does sound like an ad, but you could give us more information about Ms. Anne Marie’s soaps, their ingredients, and how they work. That would make a better article and ad.

  23. Belle says:

    Yes, I’ve know this about soap, and haven’t used it for ages. I use a mineral formulation. I also haven’t washed my hair for over 3 years (I wet it, but I don’t use any products). After the initial greasy phase, the natural oils balance themselves, and my hair’s never looked better, and isn’t limp and lifeless anymore. (and my bf says it smells good – like me!)

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Belle

      Would love to know how NOT to wash my hair in anything – understand that the concept of hair oils eventually moving down the shaft would be beneficial… please tell how you did it. I have long, frizzy hair in a humid climate and it is ‘hell’ to control. Tried all sorts of OTC products, but to no avail. I just want lovely shiny curly (natural) locks

  24. casey says:

    i’ve only known this because you have mentioned it in the past.

    I’ve been making all my own soap.. though i’m not suppose to talk about it… haha

    is there any way i can make my soap to have the right PH?
    maybe making a liquid soap with potassium hydroxide then adding vinegar to the final product?

  25. Adrienne says:

    Okay – gotta take exception here. Good soap will NOT strip the oils from your skin. True soap does not have the glycerin removed like the “beauty bars”, “deodorant bars”, “bath bars”, etc. Read the ingredients – they can be surprising. If soap is made correctly, it’s VERY gentle to the skin.

    Love my soaps – not some of the junk in the bath aisle at the supermarket.

  26. Flora says:

    I also knew about soap – but its great to have all the details. Thank you.
    I’d like to echo someone’s comment above: being that I would really, really love to hear more about shampoo… is homemade really the only option out there? and conditioner?! I unfortunately am also of the ilk that cannot afford annmarie’s products – or in fact any which are going to be shipped to me, since I live in Brazil… so: of the full-blown chemical-laden shampoos out there is there anything you would suggest as the “least awful” ?

  27. Dave says:

    Kevin/Marie — what do you think of dry brushing dry skin with a loofa sponge or other natural sponge? My skin feels a lot smoother and is brighter when doing this and also feels invigorated. Many raw foodtist are in favor of dry brusing since it helps shred dead layers of skin which opens up the pores to eliminate toxins. There are numerous other benefits. There are several web sites on dry skin brushing. What are your thoughts on dry skin brushing? Thanks.

  28. Michelle says:

    Very interesting, I was just reading yesterday about using baking soda and ACV for shampoo and conditioner and now this :) I plan on trying this when my current stuff runs out.

    I’ve been using Anders Natural Soap made out of oatmeal and coconut oil. I love the smell and the oatmeal makes for a good exfoliant. Is this pH balanced though? Didn’t know about that factor was just trying to find a natural soap that agreed with my body.

    I even bought a filter for the shower from Waterwise to get rid of a lot of the toxins in our water.

  29. jackie says:

    I usually check http://www.EWG.org and go to their Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Data Base (down on the right hand column) to see how they rate a skin care product before buying it. You can search by company name or by what you’re looking for in general (i.e. shampoo) and can find many items in varying price points. Off the top of my head, I think Dr. Bronners and Vermont Soap have some trustworthy products in a lower price range, but there are many others out there as well.

  30. I stopped using soap a while back now, probably when I adopted a high raw diet. It didn’t seem necessary as my body odor was gone with the new diet.

    I am curious: I love to take baths and enjoy epsom salt, various essential oils, sea salts, dead clay, and baking soda… are any of these harmful to skins natural oils/barrier?

    THanks!! Great info. Plus it saves a load of money not using soap and the lotions required to replenish the stripped oils.

  31. Carol Kraft says:

    interesting discussion. I clean houses using a lot of vinegar and water. I always thought this would make my body too acidic. Maybe I need to rethink this since vinegar could support the acid mantle barrier of the skin. I notice though I really have dry hands and so dry I am picking them raw so not so sure of this theory .
    What do you think?
    Love your discussions Kevin. I learn so much from you.

  32. oreganol says:

    Yes, I knew this. I never wash my face with soap.

  33. Allon jr says:

    No I had no Idea about soap and how it can Damage the skins oils. Thank you so much for educating us out here in the real world. I am 45 and have really made a huge change in my ways for being healthier. I live in Glendale Arizona and the water is simply awful here. I moved here 6 years ago from Olympia Washington. I have always had soft smooth skin. But ever since I have moved here my back and chest has been covered in Bumps. I think the combination of the Bad water and Bad Soap is key here.Or a major part of it. I will make the necisary changes needed to better my skins Health now! Again m Thanks! Allon Jr

  34. Magda says:

    Kevin, I am interested in Anne Marie’s body wash but I couldn’t find an ingredient list anywhere. Could you perhaps list the ingredients for the products in the store? Due to my allergies, I can’t buy anything without investigating the ingredients first.

    Thanks!

  35. lisa says:

    –QUESTION FOR ANNEMARIE–

    i’ve tried other peppermint shower gel products and they burn, if you know what i mean. too minty. how is yours in that regard?

  36. Nadia says:

    To Luvlife; when you use apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse, the smell goes away very quickly and is not noticeable at all once your hair dries. That being said you can steep herbs (rose, lavender etc) in the ACV, strain and then use and it will smell less like vinegar and more like the wonderful herbs. You can also add essential oils to mask the smell – which will also add more goodness to the rinse.
    The baking soda hair wash has no smell, just baking soda and water.
    And I would recommend that you don’t need to wash your hair every day.

    To DJ, dry skin brushing won’t affect the acid mantle of the skin. It basically works to stimulate the skin which brings nutrient rich blood flow to the skin. Also it will remove dead skin cells leaving a clear pathway for the pores on the skin to excrete what it needs to (toxins as well as healthy oils) and to absorb what it needs to.

  37. Rawguru says:

    It’s very inspiring to me that Annemarie has created her own line of amazing skin care products. it’s true, most conventional skin care products out there are a total joke and are actually extremely damaging. The acid mantle is the skin first line of defense and if it is not properly intact a host of issues will ensue. Simply showering in chlorinated water will damage the acid mantle and kill a lot of the probiotics living on the skin. I’d LOVE to try her products someday soon!

  38. Lilith says:

    I need to be enlightened here!

    So. We are not supposed to use soap, or to harm the body barrier.
    But then, what is the point in using any sort of soap at all??
    Soap is supposed to take away the dirt of your body, right?
    So if you keep the bacteria, and keep the oil of the skin – then what ever are you washing away? If anything?! :-o
    So, then you could just skip showering all together?! :-o

    And as for baking soda for the hair. What does it do? Does it take out any DIRT?

    I don’t know… to me this feels kind of… disgusting…! :-6

    And while talking about home made remedies. Anyone have a nice home made recipe for tooth paste?

  39. Nadia says:

    Lilith, Baking soda is very cleansing and deodorizing. Don’t take my word for it.. give it a try for yourself and see how your hair feels.

    Check my site for some toothpaste ideas.

  40. I’m a huge fan of you two, but have to humbly disagree. Commercially manufactured bar soaps are typically high in pH and actually detergents, not truly “soap” and therefore strip the skin – I agree with you on that point. However, this is not the case for all soaps – especially handmade soaps that are made by experienced soapmakers. Correctly made cold process soaps can come in around 5.5 to 6 pH. The goatsmilk soaps that I use are so gentle and moisturizing that even in the winter I don’t need cream/lotion after showering. It is easier, however, to adjust pH levels for liquid soaps than bar soaps.

  41. Beth says:

    Does this apply to all soap? Like natural soap as well? I usually bath with brown sugar anyway, but I just wanted to know.

  42. Stevo says:

    I have a friend who had a problem with traditional commercial soaps, they caused her to have eczema. They used to worsen my acne, and still do when I have to use them (unprepared at hotels and such). She started her own company making high quality cold-process soaps with all natural, no animal ingredients. I’ve been using her soap for years now, and it leaves my skin soft and fresh and not overly dry. Not to mention it smells awesome.
    She sells her products in and around the Austin area, and online at fleegalfarms.com
    She also has face cream, sugar scrubs, and even all natural bug-spray. Check it out!

  43. Laura says:

    Kevin,
    I think that your article overlooked a few things. While everything you said is more or less true, I don’t really agree with you.
    The fact is that people get dirty! Especially if you are a person who actually gets out there and lives life. So while it’s true that we do not have to conquer every little microbe in the world, I personally like to remove the icky ones that get on our hands and faces and can cause colds and blemishes. Soap is excellent for doing this. It does a great job at it in fact.
    The acid mantle argument is also true to an extant. I make my own soap from scratch and yes, I add in moisturizers to prevent dryness. I add things like shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado oil etc. It works very well to counterbalance the oils that are removed. Why do I remove my natural oils? Because dirt sticks to oil and so do bits of old skin cells. So I wash my face with my very gentle soap (scented with healing and uplifting essential oils) and then add back in oil with my homemade face cream which contains ingredients that bring my ph back down where it should be. Presto! Clean and balanced with products I made myself and am certain contain no petroleum products or toxic preservatives.
    I do this every day and my skin looks and feels great. I get compliments on how young looking and wrinkle free I am for my age.
    Most “soap” sold in stores is very harsh or is not even really soap but a detergent. Then they add all those horrible synthetic fragrances and they become truly toxic and damaging to the skin. You know, the Irish spring and the Lever 2000 type stuff. Yuck. So yes, I agree, avoid that stuff like crazy.
    Search out a source for REAL handmade soap and give it a try. I sell mine at a local farmer’s market and people love it. You will be amazed and delighted by the difference. It will get you clean without drying you out. I had someone try my soap and complain that she wasn’t “squeaky” clean enough afterward! I told her that was the point.
    As for Vitamin D, you don’t need to wash your whole body all the time, just the parts that need some freshening up (we all know which parts those are). In the winter I hardly use soap at all, in the sweaty summer I use it more.
    So Kevin and Annemarie, you have done handmade soap makers everywhere a disservice by claiming ALL soap is bad for you. NOT true!
    I know you are trying to promote your new product, but please don’t do so by creating a one-sided view of soap.

    P.S. Apple cider vinegar is really great for your hair and no, you don’t smell like salad dressing afterward. The scent washes out when you rinse.

  44. Vivi says:

    This is very interesting information….It got me remembering when my aunt was a baby, she was allergic to soap and water and my grandmother have to use some kind of oil to clean her….

  45. swati says:

    this article has been proved beneficial for my body wash project
    thnx..

  46. Adele says:

    I flipped out during pregnancy about getting stretch marks, and came to the conclusion that anything removing oil from my skin would make it more likely to come out in stretch marks, seeing as my back, thighs and butt were riddled with them after puberty. So I stopped using soap and started using olive oil as a cleanser. Had the baby, no stretch marks. A year later and my skin is better than ever, I haven’t had any acne ( had it before ditching soap, for years) and I get less BO, and can’t believe how much money I have saved. So simple, and so logical.

  47. Paul says:

    For more then two decades in my medical practice I found no support for pH balanced synthetic soaps at a level to firmly publish an article to encourage the use of such products. I have to admit, more and more people with skin problems are using pure and natural soaps with fantastic results and more people are turning their back to this “better through chemicals” life and go back to basics… For example I recently find out a 100% olive oil liquid soap natural with no chemicals added won’t even sting your eyes or change your skin pH… There is a plethora of products and opinions and by all means why should we use something that is not natural and it’s harmful for us and environment just because it’s pH balanced? I have the feeling people talking about this subject never actually did a skin pH test… using a natural soap skin will adjust in a few minutes to its natural pH while using a syndet product it will take hours for skin to come back to its natural stage….
    My final opinion was and it will be: natural products are always better.

  48. No-Soap User says:

    I’ve been researching a lot about not using soap lately, and have seen a lot of negative comments about it. Like that people who don’t use soap “smell” or your skin will get greasy. Anyways, growing up, I was a tomboy and had a strong aversion to all things hygienic. I hated brushing my teeth and bathing, and since my parents worked a bajillion hours and in general didn’t really watch over me, I got away with not doing it very often. This changed when I began sleeping over at friends houses. They would go to take a shower and brush their teeth at night, and I would do this too to fit in. However, once inside the shower, I wouldn’t really know what to do. I ended up shampooing and conditioning my hair in the shower and getting out. This habit kind of formulated because we always had shampoo and conditioner in the shower at my house, but no soap. Until I randomly shared a shower with my friend, I never realized that it was a routine part of showering. So in essence, I’ve never used soap in the shower, ever. I’m 18 years old now, and nobody has ever commented that I stink. No one has ever said anything about me smelling bad unless I was camping… in fact, people often say I smell good. The thing I get the most compliments on? My skin. People ask me how I get such clear skin and a nice “glow”. And I tell them… I don’t do anything.

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