Why It's Important to Balance Your Skin’s pH Levels and A List of Techniques to Help Do So
Posted on April 03 2018
The human skin has its particular pH, and the pH level has a protective function on the human skin. The specific pH level of the skin protects it from dryness. Dry skin tends to look older than normal. Dryness also promotes spot formation on the skin, aside from causing skin infection. If care is not taken, the skin infection can culminate in systemic infection, which will further complicate the situation.
In case you don’t know or do not remember, pH means the level of acidity and basicity; it also means the measure of acidity or alkalinity of a particular substance, human skin being one of them. A strong acid has high acidity, while a strong base has strong alkalinity. Water, on the other hand, represents a neutral pH.
Typically, the human skin should be acidic; an acidic skin keeps the skin and body healthy and prevents infection since most infectious bacteria cannot withstand acidic condition on the skin. The pH of the skin ranges from 4.2 to 5.5; an acidic pH ranges from 1 to 6, while a basic pH ranges from 8 to 14. Skin pH differs from one individual to another, but the range still lies between 4.2 and 5.5.
Scientists have said the normal skin pH is usually above 5, but the use of skin care products, consistent showering, and skin washing can readjust the skin pH to be below 5.
Effects of normal skin pH
The following are of importance for normal skin pH
- Normal skin pH promotes skin hydration since it enables the skin to hold water easily.
- hydrated skin is more able to fight bacterial infection
- It also reduces the rate of skin aging and reduces wrinkles.
- It reduces the risk of acne and spot outbreaks
- It can repair skin damage and promote barrier function
- It also reduces skin sensitivity
- It strengthens the ability of the skin to heal.
How to balance skin pH
Now, how can you balance skin pH? Check below for the techniques or ingredients that you can use
- Do not use skin care based on homemade water. Also, do not use skincare product containing baking soda since baking soda has a high pH of 10. pH above that mark will undoubtedly destabilize the skin pH.
- Reduce the frequency at which you use soap or any other foaming product. The traditional toilet soap is naturally alkaline and can increase the pH of the skin, culminating in all the adverse effects of high skin pH, like skin dryness, probes to acne and skin infection. Instead of using a foaming cleanser, you should opt for cleansing oils or balms.
- Do not stay too long in hot showers, or baths. Never forget to moisturize your body after you have bathed or showered. This rule is even more critical if you are living in a neighborhood whose water is hard water. Hard water has a pH of 8.5, which is alkaline and far higher than the normal pH of the skin.
- Do not allow your skin to dry; keep it hydrated or moisturized at all times.
- Before using any skincare regimen, never forget to add balancing mist to it and mix.