Skin pH Balance

Know Your Skin’s pH Balance

Our skin has a fine acidic film known as the acid mantle which serves as a barrier and defense mechanism to protect us from bacteria, toxins, pollutants and infections and keep in moisture.

What is the pH level required to achieve a healthy balanced skin?

Skin Health Hub Skin Health Skin pH BalanceSkin pH (potential hydrogen) is the term used to describe the acid-alkaline ratio of the skin. Based on a scale of 0 – 14, with 0 being the most acidic to 14 being the most alkaline, the normal acidic range for skin on the face should range between 4 to 7.

It is important to maintain a skin pH balance as we age because our skin becomes less and less acidic overtime and cannot fight the bacteria the same way it did as when we were younger.

If the pH balance is disrupted and the skin loses its acidity most people will start showing signs of problems with their skin. This is when skin weakens and becomes prone to disease and infection and problematic skin conditions such as acne start to arise.

For instance when the skin’s pH is too alkaline it becomes dry and sensitive and is more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles. Whereas skin that is overly acidic can result in breakouts occurring and skin being red and inflamed.

One of the reasons why it is so important to use a toner after your cleansing routine is because its use helps restore and maintain the balance of your skins pH. There are some cleansing products however, which do not require the use of a toning lotion particularly if they contain a pH balanced glycolic acid.

Thankfully today, there are many products on the market which claim to be pH balanced, which is great news when trying to choose which skincare line to use. You may find with only a few tweaks to your skincare routine you will be able to maintain your skin pH balance and achieve healthy glowing skin.

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