So what’s all the hype about pH balanced? Does it really make a difference when it comes to skin? The answer is a resounding YES. Getting the right pH balance for your skin can mean the difference between dull, dry, lifeless skin and healthy, young, glowing skin.
In a nutshell, pH stands for “potential hydrogen” and is used to describe the acid-alkaline ratio of a substance, which ranges from 0 (the most acidic) to 14 (the most alkaline). In order to be really healthy, your skin needs to maintain a pH of 5.5.
Here’s why the right pH level is important:
Strikes the balance
Unbalance your skin’s pH levels—by using the wrong products or eating the wrong foods—and your dermis will let you know via inflammation, extreme sensitivity, acne and wrinkles. Though it’s rarer for skin to be overly acidic, the result is often angry breakouts (even for those of us who rarely get a pimple). When skin deviates too far south of that magical 5.5 number, it’s also stripped down to the point of being red and dry.
Bacteria naturally living on your skin in harmony with your body protects itself (and you) from invading microbes. You should avoid soap on your face because it is a harsh surfactant which indiscriminately removes good and bad bacteria. This causes the breakdown of the skin’s natural moisture barrier which lets materials into the skin such as irritants, allergens, and unfriendly micro-organisms which can provoke inflammation.
An imperceptible thin viscous fluid called the acid mantle, maintains and protects the overall health of skin. Its job is to repel harmful microorganisms and negative environmental influences and, in doing so, protect the skin from infections, irritation, allergies, and drying out. An intact acid mantle also functions as a natural deodorant, because it minimises the bacterial breakdown of sweat which causes body odour.
It is therefore vital that you don’t do anything that could damage your acid mantle. Under normal circumstances, bacteria not only have a difficult time penetrating through the shield-like structure of the skin and the acid mantle also creates a hostile environment for bacteria which prefer an alkaline environment to flourish. A rise in pH plays mayhem with our natural infection prevention, further increasing the risk of infection. Once the pH exceeds 6.5, bacterial invasion increases dramatically, a loss of normal skin integrity results and a variety of skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and irritant contact dermatitis flare.
When we use heavy cream-based moisturisers to combat dryness, clogged pores can be a side effect. Conquering dryness and clogged pores require establishing an acidic environment of 5.5 for the skin.
Keeps it pHabulous
The right pH level in your skin will ensure a bright, healthy complexion. All it takes to equalise your skin is a few simple and inexpensive tweaks to your beauty routine. If you stick to soap-free cleansing products and creams and lotions with a pH value of 5.5 then you make a valuable contribution to keeping your skin healthy. Remember, only healthy skin can be pHabulous skin.
Sebamed skin care products promote a healthy acidic skin pH value of 5.5. All our products contain high-quality active ingredients that cleanse and nourish the skin without destroying the natural acid protection mantle. Suitable for the whole family and for all skin types, Sebamed is your skin’s best friend.
You can find Sebamed products at Dis-Chem and leading pharmacies.