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Why Worry About pH Levels & Your Skin?

You always hear “pH Balanced for Skin”, but what does that actually mean to you and your breakouts?  I remember learning about pH and acidity in high school, but now I have learned about it’s importance in skin care products.

When skin is taken outside of its natural pH levels of 4.5 to 5.5 (on a scale of 0 to 14), it no longer has the ability to defend itself from pollution, fungus, and other bacteria.

This is also the time when skin is most likely to experience skin ailments such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea, and aging.

Skin care products too acidic or too alkaline can throw the skin’s balance out of whack. It’s important to make sure products fall within the healthy skin pH range, that way you’re working with your skin instead of against it.

How do you know if your skin care products are within the healthy pH level?

  • Most commercial cleansers are very alkaline, which means you are more susceptible to breakouts and acne
  • Avoid Sodium Laureth Sulfate, it is too alkaline and strips the skin of good bacteria-fighting acid
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids are very acidic.  Most are good for the skin, but if your skin becomes red and sensitive, discontinue use for a few days and try again
  • If you really want to know and are concerned, purchase a pH level testing kit.  The most popular is the Macherey-Nagel pH Testing Strips (available at most drug stores).

 

From now on, I will stock up on these little strips and test my products to see which ones fall within the “safe zone” for skin.

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