Our skin, like our other organs, has the ability to heal itself, fight off infections, and withstand pretty extreme conditions like super hot or cold temperatures. However, if your skin pH is out of balance, it’s at risk for problems like acne, eczema, and other burdensome skin conditions.
You're probably wondering what skin pH is and why it's so important. Should you try to maintain a certain pH level, and how do you even achieve that?
We’re diving in on the subject, so buckle up because it’s about to get scientific in here.
The pH of your skin refers to how acidic or alkaline it is and is measured by a scale ranging from 1 to 14, with 7 being a neutral level.
The acid mantle, which is the thin layer of sebum and sweat, is a protective layer that determines the pH. It’s affected by both your skincare regime and diet, which is why it’s so important to eat skin-loving foods on a regular basis.
We’re always being told to wash our faces, tone, moisturize, massage… the list goes on. But overusing skincare products containing harmful ingredients may actually be disrupting our acid mantle, causing problems like acne or dry skin. There are four main factors that contribute to a balanced or imbalanced skin pH.
While there are definitely a lot of great skincare products out there that will help maintain a balanced skin pH, the simplest solution to this problem is to keep your product use to a minimum.
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