You Treat Your Face Like You Treat Your Armpits Washing your face in the shower with the same bar soap you use all over your body ... bad idea. Bar soaps designed for your body use alkaline ingredients that are too harsh for the face, says Dr. Zeichner. The pH level of the alkaline damages the outer layer of your skin, which dries and irritates your skin. Bar soaps also tend to contain fragrances that can cause allergic reactions.
The fix: If you're stranded without face wash -- for instance, you're at a hotel and you forgot your cleanser at home -- skip the bar soap and gently rub your face with warm water and a fresh washcloth, says Dr. Zeichner.
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