Some skin problems, such as acne, dryness and irritation, often result from a pH imbalance. This is actually the pH of the skin’s acid mantle, a thin protective layer of sweat and sebum that sits on the outermost layer of the skin.
You can help balance your pH level, and ultimately correct these problems, by trying the following:
1. Start with the right cleanser, sticking with the mild ones. Most glycolic acids are buffered and offer the benefits of an AHA for smoothing the skin without the irritation and redness that often accompanies them. Look for lipid-free formulas that protect the barrier function of the skin. If your cleanser stings, it’s probably too acidic for you.
2. Add the lost moisture. With age, oil production begins to decline. Once the skin is less able to produce a decent amount of oil, the acid mantle becomes affected. Try a thick moisturizer that creates a barrier or oil if your skin is extremely dry.
3. Drink lots of water. Water is naturally alkaline, and adding lemon or lime helps create an even more alkaline environment indoors. Avoid sodas, which are very acidic; In addition, overexposing the body to sugar increases glycation and accelerates the aging process.
4. Limit skin exposure to water. The acid mantle itself acts as a repellant, because water can loosen the outermost layers of the skin, making it more susceptible to damage and dehydration. Always bathe in lukewarm water and limit your showers to five minutes.