Protex Soap has been around for ages – since 1970. It’s one of the oldest soaps on the market today.
I don’t know about you, but that smell takes me back to old childhood memories and gym showers. Thank God it’s antibacterial!
Benefits Of Using Protex Soap
The main benefits of using Protex Soap are that it is antibacterial and it deeply cleanses your skin.
The original formula was very simple and mainly focused on cleaning the skin and washing away bacteria.
However, over the years, the formula has been changed and adapted to create a line of products that also moisturize, soothe, calm, and even help to cleanse sensitive skin.
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I used Protex Soap for a while as a child and adolescent (before I discovered skincare). And if I am in a pinch, I still use it on my body.
It definitely cleans the dirt and oil from your skin. It leaves me feeling squeaky clean – quite literally. My skin feels like I had Botox in the bath (tight) and fresh after a bath.
BUT, while clean is good, now that I know a bit about skincare, I know that “squeaky clean tightness” is not necessarily a good thing. It means that my skin was stripped of almost all of the moisture and oil.
This means that if used every day, my skin would become dry and probably very irritated. I would need to moisturize my skin religiously to keep it healthy (which you should be doing anyway) – more than I would need to regularly.
So for me, Protex is too drying for my skin. If I ever use it, I make sure to lather my moisturizer everywhere properly. My skin sucks it up like it’s parched and I find that I have to moisturize again in a few hours (so that’s tedious).
I never use it on my face. But if I were to (like I did in middle school and high school), I would break out like the plague as my skin overproduces oil to compensate for the daily leeching.
So, my verdict? It’s a great brand of soap for your body if you do not get dry easily and if you do not have sensitive skin. However, for people like me who have kinda dry and sensitive skin, you may want something gentler and more hydrating. And for your face? It’s a no-no.
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Does Protex Soap Get Rid Of Acne & Pimples?
Protex can help to lessen or manage your body acne since many people’s acne gets worse because of bacteria build up in their pores. It also helps with oily skin by washing away the excess oil and dirt.
However, if your skin is super sensitive, then the strongly scented soaps may not be your best option. It all depends on how your skin reacts.
While Protex will help to manage your body’s acne, it will not completely get rid of them. It may just keep them from getting worse.
On the other hand, pimples are usually caused by an underlying condition. If they get infected by bacteria, they can become inflamed and irritated. Protex soap can help with this on your body. However, it will not get rid of the pimples themselves. You will have to manage the cause of the pimples first.
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Can You Use Protex Soap On Your Face?
I do not recommend using Protex Soap on your face.
This soap is pretty harsh, even the ones that are formulated for sensitive skin. They deeply cleanse and often strip the skin. They also have fragrances and dyes that can seriously irritate your face.
So while Protex may be tolerable for your body, traditional bar soaps like this are not a good option for your face.
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Is Protex Soap Good For Sensitive Skin?
Some people with sensitive skin can tolerate Protex Soap well (especially the one formulated specifically for sensitive skin).
However, every person’s skin is different. So, while some people may be fine using it, others have said that it is too drying or the scent is just too strong for them. Others react to the pigments.
I recommend doing a test patch on your skin for a few days to see how your skin will react.
Side Effects Of Protex Soap
Like all skin products, the main side effect associated with Protex Soaps is irritation. However, another common side effect many people experience is dryness.
Very few people experience allergic reactions but with all the different formulations, it is a definite possibility. So, I strongly suggest that you check the ingredient lists to make sure you are not allergic to anything that is listed.
You should also patch-test the soap on your skin to make sure that it will not irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction.
The other common side effect is dryness. While some people (especially those with oily skin) can tolerate using this soap every day, others who have combination or dry skin find that the formulas are too harsh for them. It strips too much oil and moisture from their skin which makes their skin too dry and irritable.
If you have dry or sensitive skin and are looking for moisturizing soaps, check these articles out:
What Protex Soap Made Is Of
The main ingredients in the Protex soaps are:
Sodium Palmate, Sodium Oleate, Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Laurate,
Parfum, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Etidronic Acid, Linalool, and pigments.
The different scents and kinds of soaps will have a few different additional ingredients based on what they were formulated to do.
Remember to check your ingredient lists to make sure that you are not allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients listed.
Protex vs Dettol
When it comes to germ-fighting abilities, one research proved that Protex is the better option. When it comes to skincare, the ingredients in Protex also make it less harsh and less irritating than Dettol.
Protex has more formula options with different ingredients to treat different skin types. Dettol has two soap options: Original and Sensitive skin. While they are both great, they may be less skincare-oriented than Protex.