What is soap for pimples

Is soap good for treating acne?

Why are most soaps unsuitable for acne?

Many industrially manufactured soaps from the supermarket or drugstore have chemical additives that attack the skin's natural protective barrier, dry out the skin and thereby irritate it. In addition, they usually have a high pH value between 8 and 10 and should therefore not be used on the face. Especially with skin prone to acne you should make sure that the pH value of cleaning and care products comes as close as possible to the natural skin (approx. 5.5). If oily skin dries out too much, it tends to produce significantly more sebum (skin oil). Since sebum is one of the main causes of common acne (acne vulgaris), soap can actually increase the development of blackheads and pimples.

Aleppo soap & Co .: Are natural soaps an alternative for acne?

Aleppo soap, black soap, Ayurvedic soap, salt soap or sulfur soap - in recent years the trend has moved more and more towards different forms of natural soaps. They promise to be particularly gentle on the skin, as they do not contain any chemical ingredients and instead use vegetable oils and purely natural additives.

Even though there are many positive testimonials online about the different types of soaps, you should keep a few things in mind:

Names such as “natural soap” are often tied to very simple guidelines and there are hardly any restrictions on what can actually be used in the soap. Many of the soaps are based on olive oil (e.g. Aleppo soap), palm (kernel) oil (e.g. black soap) or other comedogenic (pore-clogging) substances. The fact that a soap is made from natural ingredients does not have to mean that it is also suitable for acne-prone skin. Since ingredients such as palm oil or beef tallow are often hidden behind names such as “Sodium Palmate” or “Sodium Tallawate”, a simple look at the list of ingredients does not always immediately reveal that they contain substances that are more damaging to the skin than help. Fortunately, there are a number of apps that show a clear overview of all ingredients (including risks) by simply scanning the barcode.

Another problem with natural soaps: Just because a soap is made on a vegetable or natural basis does not automatically mean that your skin can tolerate it. Every skin is different and, depending on the skin type, natural substances such as the frequently used laurel oil (e.g. in Aleppo soap) can cause skin irritation or allergies.

Are curd soaps suitable for acne?

Curd soaps (e.g. Haci Sakir soaps) have a long tradition, are in most cases produced without additives, fragrances or dyes and are therefore often recommended in acne forums and blogs. The problem: Not every skin type tolerates curd soap equally well and it can lead to severe dehydration of the skin under certain circumstances. Since the pH value is above 7 here too, curd soap should not be used on the face or on very sensitive skin.

How should I cleanse the skin for acne?

We recommend avoiding soap when cleaning and caring for acne-prone skin and instead use soap-free, anti-inflammatory syndets or washing gels. You should make sure that the care products meet the following properties:

  • No perfumes / fragrances (reduced risk of contact allergies)
  • No comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients (e.g. coconut oil, olive oil, acetylated lanolin alcohol, isopropyl myristate, oleth-3)
  • No skin-damaging alcohols (e.g. SD Alcohol, Propyl Alcohol, Isopropanol)
  • Mainly dermatologically tested ingredients (e.g. zinc, panthenol, aloe vera)
  • low pH value (pH 5 - 5.5)
  • No disinfectants (damage the natural protective barrier of the skin)

When cleaning, you should also make sure that you do not "over-care" the skin. Because even if the ingredients are adapted to your skin and acne, too frequent washing can quickly lead to dehydration or irritation. It is best to wash the affected areas thoroughly twice a day and then carefully dab the skin with a fresh towel to avoid contact with additional bacteria. Even with supplementary moisturizers, you should always make sure that they are not greasy and have no comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients.

Effective acne treatment with prescription-only ingredients

In order to be able to effectively counteract acne symptoms such as blackheads and pimples, it is helpful if the care products also contain comedolytic (blackhead dissolving) ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide (BPO) or salicylic acid. In the case of inflammatory symptoms in particular, prescription medication is usually the best, and it is better to seek advice from a dermatologist.

Creams or gels with prescription drugs (e.g. higher concentrations of azelaic acid, antibiotics, or retinoids) help open pores, remove dead skin cells, and soothe inflammation, among other things. In addition, there is the great advantage that the active ingredients can be adapted to the stage of acne by the dermatologist at any time, thus making treatment much more effective.

Holistic Acne Treatment

We recommend taking the most holistic approach possible when treating acne. This means that you support the treatment (with clinically tested active ingredients) with the right skin care, some lifestyle adjustments and a diet adapted to the acne (including possible dietary supplements). This can include, for example, avoiding nicotine, additional physical exercise (stimulates the blood circulation and increases the oxygen supply to the skin) and a menu without foods with a high glycemic index (= foods that make the insulin level rise quickly). Examples of such foods include glucose, corn flakes, sodas, and bananas, among others.