Skin Ph: what is it exactly?
Our skin on its surface has a thin protective layer called acid mantle composed of lipids from the oil glands mixed with amino acids from sweat. It is important to protect our skin from environmental factors that lead to irritation and aging.
It seems that understanding and maintaining your skin’s pH is important to your overall skin health.
What is the right pH level?
The pH scale goes from 1 to 14, acidic to alkaline with 7 considered neutral. The ideal skin pH level should be slightly acidic, and it is considered normal to have this level between 4.5 and 5. A study published in 2006 in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, trusted Source reported that the ideal pH level is just below 5.
Skin pH can be different depending on the area of your body. The areas which are exposed less tend to maintain their natural acidity. Instead face, chest, and hands, which tend to be more alkaline.
There are many factors which can affect your pH, such as
- weather conditions
- antibacterial detergents, soaps etc
- tap water
- over cleansing
What is your pH level, take the QUIZ
What is the skin feeling after cleansing?
- Little bit oily. It doesn’t feel clean.
How often does your skin become dry, rough, dull?
- Once in a while
What is your routine for treating your skin?
- Twice a day
- Once a day
- Never. Who needs a treatment?
Do you develop a sensitivity to skin care or makeup products after use?
- Yes. My skin reacts to everything.
Does your skin look like to have more wrinkles and dullness in the morning?
Do you have very oily skin? Do you breakout easily compared to before?
Does your skin have a hydrated look?
- It looks oily not hydrated.
You answered mostly 1 so your skin pH is exactly right:
It’s at its ideal state defending you against environment, bacteria and premature wrinkles. Keep on using the right products for your skin type. For a healthy skin continue to moisturize, cleanse, tone and exfoliate your skin.
You answered mostly 2 so your skin pH is too alkaline and disrupted.
It could turn into premature wrinkles and dry skin. With the imbalance of acid mantle, your skin is vulnerable to external factors. It would make sense to double check your skin routine and products to see if you are cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing right.
You answered mostly 3 so your skin pH is too acidic.
It is possible that you are over cleansing or over exfoliating your skin with the result in more grease and more break outs.
What is the best way to have a healthy skin and balanced skin Ph?
The more alkaline your facial cleanser, the more skin irritation you will see. More acidic cleansers may help fighting acne, on the other side more alkaline-based skin care ingredients can help maintain healthy skin in conditions such as eczema and psoriasi.
There are moisturizing oils, lotions, gels, and thick creams. Try to adjust it also based on the weather conditions and the area where you live. Tip: when your skin tends to be oily, needs additional moisture
Exfoliating your skin as often as once a week it is overall great for your skin. Maintaining healthy skin may also be supported chemical peels and microdermabrasion products.
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