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What Is Milk Soap?

Goat's milk soap may be used to treat and prevent acne.
Acne may result in pus-filled skin eruptions.
Coconut milk soap has a high amount of fatty acids, which can hydrate the skin.
Goat's milk is usually used to make milk soap.
A bar of milk soap.
A pitcher of milk, which is used to make milk soap.
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Milk soap is soap that contains a certain type of milk. Typically, goat's milk is used to prepare milk soap but coconut milk can also be used. These soaps are not prepared the way most commercial soaps are because they only contain natural ingredients. Many of these soaps don't contain harsh chemicals, so they are less likely to dry out the skin. Milk soap can be an alternative if chemically made soaps are causing skin difficulties or irritations.

People who suffer with allergies and skin problems including eczema or psoriasis may find milk soap more soothing than other types of soap. These soaps contain glycerin, which is known for keeping the skin hydrated because it naturally attracts water. Glycerin can soften and soothe the skin and it can decrease the chances for future skin problems. Some milk soaps do not contain perfumes, which are also known for irritating sensitive skin. It is also safe for an infant’s tender new skin.

Acne is an unsightly skin condition that can result in pus-filled skin eruptions. Conventional soap may strip the skin of natural oils and because it is so harsh, it can also irritate these eruptions, increasing the severity of the outbreaks. Goat's milk soap contains natural proteins that can kill acne-causing bacteria without removing the essential oils. These oils are important because they protect the skin and pores and reduce the chances of pore blockage.

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Essential oils can be added to goat's milk soap to increase the potency. Depending on the oil used, this can produce varying effects. Citrus extracts can help to boost energy and lavender extracts can have a relaxing or calming effect. Typically these added oils will not irritate the skin or cause skin eruptions because they are used in their purest form.

Coconut milk soap is another alternative for people with sensitive skin, but it is a bit different than goat's milk. It completely cleanses the skin but it also contains a high amount of fatty acids, which can hydrate the skin. The coconut milk contains Vitamin E and natural exfoliates. Vitamin E can help to repair damaged skin and it is also a good way to prevent the premature aging of the skin. This important vitamin has antioxidant properties, which fight off free radicals and the harmful effects of pollution, smoking, and sun damage.

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serenesurface
Post 4

@SarahGen-- Although a bar of all natural milk soap isn't the most affordable, most brands have very large bars. So a single bar lasts quite a while. And how quickly a bar of soap dissolves actually says a lot about the quality of the soap. A good quality soap should last for a while. So in that sense, I still feel that this soap is worth the cost.

Also, I highly recommend checking online stores for milk soap. I bought a pack of lavender scented goat's milk soap recently online. It was a great deal, I saved a lot of money. And the soap is a great quality, a European brand. So you can definitely find affordable milk soap if you look out for it. And this particular soap is particularly soothing and relaxing because of the lavender scent.

SarahGen
Post 3

@ZipLine-- I love milk soap too. It's wonderful. I recommend using one with shea butter. It's extra hydrating and great for dry skin. The only disadvantage is that milk soap is not very cheap. So although I love it, I can't afford to use it regularly.

ZipLine
Post 2

I love milk soap. I used it for the first time a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. I didn't know that a soap could make skin so soft and supple. Milk soap does exactly that. It cleans but it also moisturizes. The one I use doesn't leave a residue either so it's great. Seeing the great results this kind of soap has had on my skin in a short time period, I think milk soap is also anti-aging. I plan on using it regularly from now on. I hope it will help prevent some wrinkles.

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