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Skin Res Technol. 2015 May;21(2):144-8. doi: 10.1111/srt.12170. Epub 2014 Jul 30.

The long-term use of soap does not affect the pH-maintenance mechanism of human skin.

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Kao Corporation, Tokyo, Japan.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The pH at the surface of healthy human skin is around 5. Cleansing the skin with soap increases the pH of the skin, which then returns to a more acidic pH within a few hours. However, the effects of skin cleansing with soap over a long time on the pH regulatory system is still unclear.

OBJECT:

We compared the pH of the skin between users of a soap-based cleanser and of a mild-acidic cleanser prior to and following the cleansing.

METHOD:

This study had two groups of subjects, one group who had used a soap-based cleanser for more than 5 years and the other group who had used a mild-acidic cleanser for more than 5 years. The pH on the inner forearm of each subject was measured prior to and for 6 h after cleansing with a soap bar.

RESULT:

There were no differences between the pH of the skin these two groups prior to cleansing, immediately after cleansing or in the pH recovery rate for 6 h.

CONCLUSION:

These results suggest that long-term continuous use of a soap-based cleanser does not affect the pH-maintaining mechanism of human skin.

KEYWORDS:

cleanser; pH; skin; soap

PMID:
25073884
DOI:
10.1111/srt.12170
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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