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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 193-197

Cleansers: To use or not to

1 Department of Paediatric Dermatology, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Cutis Academy of Cutaneous Sciences, Vijayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Dermatology, Maharashtra Institute of Medical Education and Research, Talegaon (D), Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Samipa S Mukherjee
Department of Paediatric Dermatology, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Vijayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2319-7250.165611

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Cleansers are agents responsible of cleansing the skin to get rid of the dust, dirt, sebum, and dead cells accumulated as a part of normal desquamation process. Cleanser technology has come a long way from the traditional soaps and detergents to the more modernized liquid cleansing agents and syndets. They have thereby helped in reducing the side-effect potentials of cleansers and improved the beneficial effects. Addition of newer molecules helps in maintaining the skin barrier integrity and moisture on the skin. However, although the bright side of cleansers shines there is a gray zone of controversies regarding its usage. Discrepancy between the claims and evidences herewith make it imperative to consider the pros and cons. This article aims at summarizing the points in favor and against the usage of cleansers.

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