Why The PH Level Of Our Skin Is Important

The acid mantle of the skin is our body’s first line of defense against microorganisms, toxins and wind. Though often overlooked, it’s this fine, slightly acidic pH film on the surface of the skin that is responsible for protecting our body from the external environment. The skin regulates our temperature, prevents harmful bacteria from entering into our body, and takes in oxygen. A normal person has a pH ranging from 4 to 6, with 5.5 being ideal. However, this varies with age.

  • Newborns have a neutral pH of 7, which quickly turns acidic for added protection.
  • Teens and twenty-somethings have a well-developed acidic mantle and healthy skin.
  • As we get older, the pH of the skin becomes more neutral, leaving us vulnerable.
  • People with skin problems or diseases have a pH beyond 6.

Soap is one of the major culprits that alters our skin’s pH, leaving us open to dryness and bacterial growth. For this reason, some people use toners to restore the normal pH of the skin. Another factor for pH regulation is the presence of microflora on your skin (healthy bacteria). Soaps may also kill off some of this good bacteria, so it’s important to invest in skin care products that speak to our unique skin type (dry, oily or combination) and avoid unnatural ingredients like dioxane, isopropyl, BHA, BHT, chloride, and sulfates. The skin is the largest organ in the body – and the one that is most visible – so it’s crucial that we do whatever we can to keep it protected, balanced and healthy.

 

 

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