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Ultimate Guide To pH and Your Skin

Ever saw the pH balance on a skincare product and wondered what it really means? Let’s do a quick middle school chemistry run through. 

Now, pH stands for the Potential Hydrogen Level, i.e., The more hydrogen ions = the more acidic something is. Therefore, pH is a measure of acidity.  Here’s all you have to keep in mind:

  • The scale for pH runs from 0 (highly acidic) to 14 (highly alkaline)
  • 7 is the standard for neutral
  • Anything below 7 is acidic while anything above 7 is alkaline

Rings a bell?

pH and The Skin

Here’s a fact for you, we’re born with a neutral skin- pH of 7, and over a couple of weeks our
skin attains a pH of 4.5-5.5.  So our skin is naturally slightly acidic in nature. Maintaining a pH around 5.5 actually translates to #skingoals as an adult. 

The skin has a barrier known as the acid mantle that helps keep the bad guys out, seals in moisture, and protects your skin from any infection.

If you’ve struggled with skin woes in the past no matter what products you’ve used, correcting the pH of your skincare routine may be the answer. Your skincare products may have a significant impact on your skin’s acidity barrier, and might even be working against you.

You can test the pH of your skin with the help of at-home test strips or through a dermatologist. You can understand the nature of your skin by carefully observing how your skin changes. 

Skin that has a soft texture without dry spots would be considered balanced. Have oily skin? Then you possibly have a lower pH. This makes your skin more susceptible to infections and breakouts. Dry skin has a more alkaline pH and is thus more prone to itchiness and inflammations. Stay with us. 

Choosing Your Skincare Products Wisely

Environmental stressors, over washing your face, using true soaps that are highly alkaline in nature can all be extremely damaging to your skin’s pH level. Your skin’s picky so you got to choose wisely. 

Acidic products with a high pH (4 and below) can be used in moderation and not as everyday luxury. Overusing these solutions can dry out and sensitize your skin. Similarly, overly alkaline products (above 9 on the pH scale) can compromise your skin barrier, making it more susceptible to damage.

For optimal skincare that helps keep your face's pH balanced, look for and use products close to your skin's natural pH somewhere in the 4.6 to 5.5 range—to avoid stripping the skin.

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