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Why I Stopped Using Bar Soap + Body Oil Cleansing + Cleansing with Scrubs

For most of my life, I struggled with acne and breakouts, and not just on my face. My back and shoulders were pretty much always a point of embarrassment for me. As I got into making my own skincare, I learned more about the skin. The protective lipid layer that naturally exists is often damaged or removed by soap. Soap works by attaching to oil and washing it away with the water, the problem with this becomes that the protective layer is made of oil. As soon as this oil is washed away, you body begins to try to replenish it and protect your body. For your face, this often looks like your skin becoming an oil slick an hour or two after you wash your face. For your body, this is often that dry feeling as soon as you towel off, followed by flaking and dry skin.

I was used to this cycle, throw in a dash of acne and ingrown hairs, and a touch of hormonal acne and PCOS... joy :)

I started making bar soap. Several hundreds of bars of soap later and hours of digging through forums, and I lea…

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