Why does bleach make skin feel soft?

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Why does bleach make skin feel soft?

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Bleach is an alkaline. Alkalis have a slippery, soapy feel – though you should never attempt to touch them. The skin contains natural fats and oils called gylcerides. These are typically esters of an acid such as octadecanoic acid : … A reaction like this will happen on your skin if you were to touch an alkali, hence the “soapy” feel.

The bleach is breaking down the fat in your skin. It’s eating you alive. You should probably wear gloves next time.