You may have heard of skin pH but still be wondering what it is and its importance. We thought we would break down some of the important points to know about your skin pH balance and how it may be the underlying cause of your skin concerns.
What is the Skin pH?
pH stands for “potential hydrogen” and it is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14. The lower numbers are acidic, while the upper levels are considered alkaline, or nonacidic. A healthy skin pH is on the more acidic side which keeps your skin moisture locked in and the bacteria out. The ideal pH balance for your skin is 5.5 which is when your skin is working at its peak. The pH of our skin will increase with age, but it always remains acidic. When we are born, our skin has a neutral pH that becomes acidic within the early weeks of birth.
What Happens When Your Skin PH Balance is Off?
Skin with a balanced pH appears healthier, slightly moist, looks plumper, and has a healthy glow. When your skin pH is out of balance this causes your skin barrier to be compromised. By maintaining the correct pH balance, you may help to minimise skin problems such as with perioral dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne, dry or oily skin, and other common skin problems. When skin pH gets out of balance, your body’s ability to resist bacteria and germs lessens. One of the ways to help these skin problems is to ensure you have the right tailored skincare regime to suit your skin needs.
What Causes a Compromised Skin Barrier and How do you Fix it?
Your skin is made up of many different layers that all serve an important function in protecting your body. Experiencing skin concerns such as redness, flakiness, tightness, itchiness, rough to the touch, increased breakouts and rashes can all be signs of a compromised barrier. The number one cause of skin barrier damage is over-exfoliation and the incorrect use of skincare.
You can help repair your skin's barrier by simplifying your skin care regime and using products with a suitable pH. The AMPERNA® formulas are simple and straightforward, containing only the necessary ingredients with skin-changing actives. AMPERNA® products were formulated with the skin pH in mind. Using skincare products with the wrong pH can over-strip natural oils which temporarily disrupt the lipid barrier of the skin.
If your skin barrier has been compromised, we suggest washing with water and using our Soothing Duo.
Ideally, with consistent care using the right products, your skin barrier should restore itself within two to four weeks. However, the more compromised your skin barrier is, the longer it can take to help restore it.
Is There a Link Between Diet and Your Skin pH Balance?
Research shows that your internal pH is higher than your skins pH. There has been no evidence to suggest a direct correlation between what you eat and your skin pH level, however diet could be a cause of skin allergies or hormone disruption. What you eat affects everything in your body. Eating a well-balanced diet is likely to improve your skin problems. We suggest following an anti-inflammatory diet, which has been linked to improving skin health.
Taking care of your skin with the right products for your skin type will ensure you have the right balance of oil that your skin need to stay healthy. For a personalised skincare regime you you can contact our founder Kiri, or sign up for skin coaching.