Eyelid skin is significantly more delicate than skin elsewhere on the face. When cleaning the eye region, doctors suggest natural alternatives to harsh chemicals, such as hypoallergenic, nonirritating soaps.
Regular soap and mild soap have distinct components. Many soaps on the market aren’t “real” soaps. Natural fats and strong alkali, sodium hydroxide, or lye, a chemical derived from table salt, are said to make up real soap. However, many commercially available regular soaps today are made without lye or animal fat but with synthetic detergents or cleaners such as sodium lauryl sulfate (a surfactant), fragrance, and other skin-irritating chemicals.
Soap typically has a pH of 9 to 10, while normal skin pH ranges from 4.5 to 5.5. Regular alkaline soaps alter the skin’s acid mantle and might further irritate the skin, but alkaline water has no effect. On the other hand, mild soap has little effect on the skin’s pH and does not irritate. Tear-free baby shampoo can be diluted with warm water as an alternative to mild soap since it is carefully formulated without harsh chemicals. If wearing cosmetics is unavoidable, use a cotton swab or a damp towel and wipe the eyes gently to remove eye makeup before washing it with mild soap.