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Right Kind of Soaps For Your Skin

Posted on 21 September 2021

Choosing the right soap for your skin type is key to keeping your skin happy, healthy and clean. What works for dry skin can be damaging for those with oily skin and vice versa. Learn more about what to look for in a bar soap for your skin type below. 

Oily Skin

Oily skin is caused by an excess of sebum that results in oil accumulating on the skin, often leading to breakouts. Those with oily skin need a bar soap that can deep clean without drying it out. Look for bar soaps that remove impurities without stripping the skin of all its moisture. Ingredients such as charcoal and clay can be wonderful for oily skin, removing grime without over-drying it.  

Dry Skin

Dry skin occurs when the skin doesn’t get the moisture it needs. Unlike other skin types, dry skin can be caused by seasonal changes or different weather conditions.

For dry skin, you want a bar soap that will moisturize while eliminating dirt and other impurities. Products with natural ingredients such as cocoa butter, lanolin and aloe vera are excellent options as these hydrate without harming the skin. Avoid products that include sodium lauryl sulfate which can be overly drying for already parched skin.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin may have heightened reactions due to added ingredients such as fragrances and coloring additives. Choose a mild soap that is less astringent so the skin will be cleaned but not dried out or aggravated. Look for options that are fragrance and dye-free. These may be described as "calming" or "soothing" or otherwise labeled for sensitive skin.


Normal skin is skin that isn’t oily, dry or sensitive. For normal skin, the best bar soap is simply one that is gently cleansing and moisturizing. Favor ones made from natural ingredients to limit negative reactions.

Invest in the bar soap that’s best for your skin type. For more information on how to cater your skincare products to your skin type's needs, check out the Body Merry blog and full line of products. 


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