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Raising the Bar: 8 Cleansing Bars Even Sensitive Skin Will Love

Best Cleansing Bars - The DermStore Blog

We’ve all been told in one way or another that using bar soaps to cleanse our skin is all but healthy-complexion suicide. While most experts agree that the harsh, drying iterations you’ll most commonly find in drugstores shouldn’t find themselves anywhere near the delicate skin on your face, it’s important to keep in mind that not all bar soaps are created equal. They’ve been getting a bad rap for years now, but with their impressive abilities when it comes to providing a thorough cleanse, squashing acne, soothing sensitivity and even improving chronic conditions like eczema, bar soaps just might be the game changer your skin care routine needs.

What’s So Scary About Soap?

From a chemistry standpoint, true soap is made by mixing fatty acids (mainly animal fats and vegetable oils) and sodium hydroxide (lye) together. Part of soap’s tarnished reputation stems from its traditionally high pH levels (at 9 or 10 as compared to the skin’s 4 to 5), which can strip off your skin’s natural oils and leave it feeling tight and dry. Most soaps of yesteryear were also formulated with harsh ingredients like fragrance, artificial colors and sulfates. Another issue common among soaps? They’re commonly shared and left exposed on the sink or in the tub, which makes them more prone to bacterial contamination than liquid soaps.

Fortunately, formulations of bar soaps have advanced significantly over the years. And with more natural ingredients and artisanal soap-crafting methods, many of today’s “soaps,” or “cleansing bars,” pose benefits that reach far beyond removing oil, dirt and makeup.

The Best Cleansing Bars

After years of staying out of the skin care spotlight, bars are slowly sneaking back in. These new breed of bars—some contain very little soap, others have none at all—are just as skin-friendly and luxurious as their liquid counterparts. They also offer more skin-friendly pH levels in addition to nutrient-rich, highly moisturizing ingredients, such as glycerin and essential oils. Extra points for being a greener choice than liquid soaps because the packaging materials—primarily paper and cardboard—break down more easily in landfills than plastic packaging.

Ready to give bars a chance? Check out Dermstore’s favorites below.

  1. Joanna Vargas Miracle Bar (3.52 oz.)
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    Joanna Vargas Miracle Bar (3.52 oz.)

    This two-in-one bar is gentle enough for your face, removing excess dirt and buildup without drying out the skin. With ingredients like charcoal, olive oil and shea butter, this bar alleviates the skin and reduces the appearance of spots.

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  2. Phytomer Seaweed Soap (5.2 oz.)
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    Phytomer Seaweed Soap (5.2 oz.)

    Phytomer’s Seaweed Soap is a 100% natural cleanser that acts as a massage glove, gently exfoliating built-up debris while relaxing the skin and body. Formulated with natural marine extracts that fill the bath with an invigorating aroma, it gently removes dead cells and helps make the skin supple. Can be used on a daily basis.

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  3. PCA SKIN Daily Cleansing Bar (3 oz.)
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    PCA SKIN Daily Cleansing Bar (3 oz.)

    Melt away dryness and irritation with PCA Skin’s Daily Cleansing Bar. With green tea and jojoba oil, this bar provides antioxidants while deeply nourishing and moisturizing skin.

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  4. Dr Dennis Gross Botanical Cleansing Bar with Tea Tree Aloe (7 oz.)
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    Dr Dennis Gross Botanical Cleansing Bar with Tea Tree Aloe (7 oz.)

    Detoxify your skin with this cleansing bar, packed with botanical ingredients and antioxidants.  Besides providing a deep clean, this bar leaves skin hydrated and smooth after every use.

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  5. Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Soap (4 oz.)
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    Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Soap (4 oz.)

    A must-have for sensitive or dry skin types. Formulated with natural essential oils and pink clay, this product is gentle enough to apply on your face and body. The rejuvenating properties in French Pink Clay help to improve elasticity and produce skin tissue.

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  6. ARCONA Raspberry Clarifying Bar (4 oz.)
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    ARCONA Raspberry Clarifying Bar (4 oz.)

    ARCONA Raspberry Clarifying Bar uses raspberry extracts to calm irritated skin and reduce inflammation and salicylic acid to clear skin and prevent future breakouts. This cleanser smooths away skin impurities and gently exfoliates acne lesions to reveal clear, radiant skin.

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  7. Joanna Vargas Cloud Bar (3.52 oz.)
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    Joanna Vargas Cloud Bar (3.52 oz.)

    If you’ve sensitive skin, this Joanna Vargas cleansing bar is gentle enough for you. With soothing chamomile and coconut oil, this bar’s powerful shea butter formula works hard to reduce psoriasis, eczema and skin dehydration while boosting collagen production and restoring dry or damaged skin.

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  8. DHC Mild Soap (3.1 oz.)
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    DHC Mild Soap (3.1 oz.)

    DHC Mild Soap conditions, cleanses and refreshes skin using an emollient-rich lather that thoroughly removes dirt, grime and oil, without stripping skin of its natural moisture. Clear and simple, it’s free of unnecessary colors and fragrances, working as well on the body as it does the face.

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