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Can I use hand soap to wash my face?

September 25, 2018

Can I use hand soap to wash my face?

Whenever you use hand soap, you always make sure to wash thoroughly to get rid of the dirt and bacteria. Afterward, you may ask yourself “Can I use hand soap to wash my face, or will hand soap cleans my face better than face wash?” Here’s what you need to know about washing your face with hand soap. 

Why You Need To Use Facial Cleaner


Hand soap is mainly used on the hands because the skin is more durable than the skin on your face. While it’s true that bacteria contributes to acne, there are other factors that affect acne as well. 

Some of these factors can include: 
  • Hormones
  • Frequent skin cell shedding
  • Problems with the sebaceous glands
  • A bad diet
  • Heavy oil production


Hand soap would, at best, kill the bacteria on your face. Even the best hand soap won’t help alleviate pore blockages or cysts. 

Hand Soap Does More Harm Than Good


If you’re looking for a proper facial cleaner, hand soap is certainly not the answer. Hand soap will irritate and dry out your face, which in turn, makes the breakouts worse. Even natural hand soap can irritate for your face. While it may depend on how much oil your body produces, hand soap doesn’t work as body wash for reducing oil production. 

Types of Facial Products


If you’re still wanting to use a cleanser or a wash, consider an OTC (over-the-counter) acne product. While you search for an OTC, be on the lookout for one of the two most important ingredients: benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Not only will benzoyl peroxide kill the bacteria but it also prevents additional oil from clogging up your pores. 

Salicylic acid is not as potent as benzoyl peroxide, but it has other benefits like aiding with the cell turnover and keeps pores from being clogged. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can be used together to ensure your skin is as clean as possible. Everyone’s skin is different and reacts differently to the chemicals, so be sure to consult a dermatologist before purchasing a product. 

Prescription Acne Medication


Sometimes, OTC products won’t work. If that’s the case, then you’ll need to go to a dermatologist and have them examine your face so they can find out what medication is right for you. This the best route to take if you’re suffering from severe acne. However, nothing is without side effects. 

Any medicine could have side effects such as: 

  • Respiratory issues
  • Eye, lips or tongue swelling
  • Tight feeling in the throat
  • Faintness


Long story short, regardless if it’s natural hand soap or the best hand soap money can buy, you should never put it on your face. It is especially bad for people who are prone to having severe acne problems as it will only prolong the breakouts rather than preventing them.


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