Ever wonder why your face feels dry, tight, or itchy after washing with soap? Or why oil starts to seep through your pores within minutes? It's likely due to a pH imbalance. Skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea can even be blamed on pH imbalance.
Naturally, our skin is protected by an acid mantle, which has the ability to fight infection and environmental stresses. The acid mantle contains sebum, lactic acid, and animo acids that combine to create a pH level of 5.5. This balance is delicate and easily disrupted by factors such as diet, weather, sun exposure, and the products used on the skin.
As our skin is naturally slightly acidic, it is most beneficial to use skincare that is also slightly acidic. However, many common cleansers and most soaps are extremely alkaline, causing dryness, acne, and irritation.
While shopping for cleansers, look for products that have a pH of 5.5, like Sebamed Liquid Face and Body Wash. Many products are not labeled with their pH level, so this cleanser is a no-brainer! It has a gentle foaming action that effectively cleans without stripping skin or disrupting its acid mantle.
Look for a moisturizer rich in antioxidants and oils such as coconut or jojoba. Antioxidants contain essential acids while oils will help balance and maintain the skin's own production of sebum. For drier skin types, use a simple and effective moisturizing cream like Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream. This product is extremely rich and gentle while also being fast-absorbing and nourishing.
To maintain pH balance from the inside out, it's important to evaluate regular diet. Try incorporating alkalizing foods like tomatoes, carrots, citrus, and leafy greens. Remember to drink lots of water, wear sunscreen, and avoid smoking (and second-hand smoke!) and polluted areas.
If you live in an urban or particularly polluted environment, wash and moisturize your skin as soon as you get home. It's crucial to wash off the pollutants that can cling to your skin throughout the day!