Cutaneous cleansers

Skin Therapy Lett. 2003 Mar;8(3):1-4.


Skin cleansers may be an important adjunct to the regimen of those who use cosmetics, have sensitive or compromised skin, or utilize topical therapies. Cleansers emulsify dirt, oil and microorganisms on the skin surface so that they can be easily removed. During cleansing, there is a complex interaction between the cleanser, the moisture skin barrier, and skin pH. Cleansing, with water soap or a liquid cleanser, will affect the moisture skin barrier. Soap will bring about the greatest changes to the barrier and increase skin pH. Liquid facial cleansers are gentler, effecting less disruption of the barrier, with minimal change to skin pH, and can provide people with a cleanser that is a combination of surfactant classes, moisturizers and acidic pH in order to minimize disruption to the skin barrier.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Detergents / classification
  • Detergents / economics
  • Detergents / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Skin Care / methods*


  • Detergents