Beware of bar soap if you have acne!
While I wrote my post about cosmetics and skin care products that can cause acne, I didn’t mention anything about bar soap. From Paula Begoun‘s books and website, I’ve learned that the ingredients that make bar soap a solid form can clog your pores. Bar soap can possibly cause, or worsen blackheads, and other forms of acne. When I’ve looked at the ingredients of various bar soaps, I don’t necessarily see any ingredients that I have on my list of pore clogging ingredients, but my list probably doesn’t include every pore-clogging ingredient out there.
I haven’t used bar soap since high school (when I used to use Neutrogena‘s Facial Bar) and I never had any success in getting rid of my acne back then. I also used a lot of acne products that turned out to have alcohol in them, or pore clogging ingredients. Woops. So all three of those mistakes probably made my acne worse in high school! But at least now I’ve “cured” myself of acne!
A lot of other companies also make facial bar soaps like Clinique and Lush, and Dove makes soap that can be used for your body and face. While I haven’t used bar soap in years, I personally wouldn’t ever use it again on my face because I have had enough success following the advice of Paula Begoun, so I’ll trust her about the bar soap. Also, Paula says to not use bar soap on your body if you are prone to breakouts there as well. Finally, you can read about how to treat underarm cysts, which is another common problem from pore clogging products!