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Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2001 Nov-Dec;67(6):290-1.

A study on the pH of commonly used soaps/cleansers available in the Indian market.

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Galderma India, 23 Steelmade Industrial estate, 2nd floor, Marol village, Andheri (East), Mumbai-400 059, India.


Cleansers, commonly referred to as soaps (though all soaps are cleansers, all cleansers are not soaps), are an important adjuvant in the treatment of any dermatological condition. In order to recommend a cleanser, many aspect should be taken into consideration one important being its pH. pH of a cleanser tends to have an impact on the skin in several ways viz. alteration of bacterial flora and pH, moisture content and irritation. A study was conducted to evaluate the pH of various commonly available soaps/cleansers available in the Indian market. Most of the commonly used soaps have an alkaline pH.

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