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Author(s): Samrat Paudel1, Rekina Shrestha2, Pramod Poudel3, Rameshwar Adhikari4

Email(s): 1ram.adhikari.tu@gmail.com


    1Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST), Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal
    2Kathmandu University, Department of Biotechnology, Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
    3Himalayan White House International College, Department of Biotechnology, Purbanchal University, Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal
    4Central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal
    5Central Department of Chemistry, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Published In:   Volume - 2,      Issue - 1,     Year - 2022

DOI: 10.55878/SES2022-2-1-1  

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Soap and alcohol or alcohol-based cleansers have been used as hand disinfectants and routine hand washing material for a long time. With the COVID-19 being pandemic, there is an increase in the routine use of soap and sanitizers. No doubt washing hands for 20 seconds with proper technique and proper soap could kill the Coronavirus but the effect of regular use of soap on the skin is not addressed by the general public. It has been shown by the in vitro as well as in vivo studies that the frequent use of soap and detergents may harm the skin. The harsh surfactants in cleansers can damage skin proteins and lipids and can cause dryness, irritation, barrier damage, and itching problems. Furthermore, the use of soap can change the natural pH and deplete the natural flora of the skin giving the pathogen an opportunity to transiently colonize the skin surface. This paper explains the damages that may be caused to skin due to excessive use of soap and detergents, the ways to mitigate those damages, and potential alternative to detergent-based soaps.

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Samrat Paudel, Rekina Shrestha, Pramod Poudel, Rameshwar Adhikari (2022).The Influence of Soap and Alcohol-based Cleanser on Human Skin. Spectrum of Emerging Sciences, 2(1), pp. 1-10.DOI: https://doi.org/10.55878/SES2022-2-1-1

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