Skin Health
Cleansing: Nope to Soap on the Face
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For facial cleansing, it’s recommended to use liquid or cream cleansers, not soap.
Your skin’s natural pH is slightly acidic, at about 5.5 to 6.5. Ideally, anything you use on your skin should be close to that range to keep your skin comfortable. Because of the ways soaps are made, they inherently have high pH-levels. This can be irritating and denaturing to skin, causing redness, itching, and excessive dryness.
Usually, the harder the soap, the higher the pH level.
This is why VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® only makes cream cleansers for facial cleansing, which can be made to have more neutral pH levels. For body cleansing, VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® makes both cream cleansers and soft soaps, with pH-levels kept as neutral as possible.
When you use advanced treatment products with active ingredients such as Re-Everything, Illuminants+, or Id, your skin adjusts to the lower pH-range with proper use over time. However, if you use a cleanser (especially a hard soap) with a very high pH, your skin can become stressed by having to adjust between the two extremes. Irritations such as redness, stinging, or itching can occur. All VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® active treatment therapies come in complete systems with pH-adjusted cleansers and other support products to keep skin comfortable throughout therapy.
Click here for more on cleansers versus soaps.