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As part of natural treatment options for Hidradenitis Suppurativa, some patients can find relief using various soap and lotion preparations. Here, I will present a few options for you to consider if you have HS that may be helpful to you.

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a condition seen where patients suffer through painful acne pustules found around areas where their skin is in contact with other skin borders such as your armpits, groin area or when patients have excessive body fat [1].  Hidradenitis suppurativa treatment is needed to help manage these symptoms, but unfortunately, the effectiveness of these interventions is not always guaranteed. Even definitive therapies like surgery or laser treatments can lead to relapses in HS so patients do get quite frustrated with the condition. [2] Some supplemental therapies that patients may benefit from would be using zinc for hidradenitis suppurativa or some of the other natural treatments for hidradenitis suppurativa that may help alleviate some of the painful flare-ups. Topical dermal soaps could be another potential benefit for these patients and they will be the focus of this investigation. In this article, we will highlight what soaps should you use if you suffer from hidradenitis suppurativa. 

Dial White Soap 

The first soap that is popular with patients suffering from HS would be Dial White. Soap from any source is necessary for patients who have HS because of the chance for opportunistic skin infections. As patents suffer from flare-ups and blistering associated with HS, it is quite probable that bacteria will be able to travel to the sites of these pustules and cause more severe infections. This particular brand of soap also has the added benefits of acting as a moisturizer to keep the skin in the surrounding area from drying out and rupturing again. Anecdotal studies also indicate that Dial White can also be an effective treatment option against acne, a potential reason why Dial White may be touted as being such an effective treatment option for patients with HS. [3]


The next category of soap that can be added as a hidradenitis suppurativa treatment is called Hibiclens. The main active ingredient in this type of soap is 4 percent chlorhexidine gluconate. Hibiclens is an ingredient that is seen in many surgical soaps that nurses will apply on patients to prepare them for surgery. In one particular study, Hibiclens was compared against a traditional iodine-based preparation to determine which soap had the most effective antibacterial properties. At the end of the 13-week trial period, it was determined that Hibiclens was much more effective compared to the iodine-based soap at killing bacteria as well as eradicating potential cutaneous Staphylococcus infections. This investigation also showed that there were no severe adverse reactions meaning that it was safe for patients to take. [4]

Dove Soap 

The next one of many soaps to use if you suffer from hidradenitis suppurativa could be Dove Soap. The main active ingredient in this type of soap is Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate [5]. This compound was once thought to be dangerous to the general population but repeated studies have been unable to link this compound to any hazardous effects. Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate is commonly found in the many of the anti-bacterial soaps that we use in modern society, like Dial White for example. Dove soap is similar to Dial but users claim that not only will you have the same anti-bacterial properties of most soaps, but it also has the added attractiveness of having a nice aroma. 


The last type of soap that we will consider for a  natural treatment for hidradenitis suppurativa goes by the name of Pinetarsol, which is a type of substance that has been used in a number of dermal diseases. It is a fluid based on pine tar. If you are skeptical about putting sap on your skin, consider that this is a treatment that patients have been using for skin conditions for over 2,000 years. The theory behind why this could be effective is because pine tar is known to reduce DNA synthesis and mitotic activity, which prevents glands and skin from becoming overactive, like in HS so that flare-ups will be less likely. Because of this, there are many skin conditions that patients can use this preparation for, and some of the more common conditions are dermatitis, psoriasis, sunburn, hives and other dry, itchy or flaky skin conditions [6]. 

I will try not to get your hopes up for this pine tar preparation, though. Numerous medical studies have shown that pine tar is not necessarily the sole reason why patients benefit from skin conditions. They were unable to conclude if pine tar was sufficient enough alone to treat diseases. [7]

All in all, soaps we have presented provide some opportunities for patients suffering from HS. Although the medical support may be lacking for a few of them and a lot of the science is based on anecdotal cases, there are some soaps that patients praise.