As little as “pH” may seem, these 2 letters in the alphabet are probably more important than you and I both realize. pH Balance acts both as a culprit and a form of salvation for most skin problems. Let us now understand why.
What is pH Balance?
“pH” stands for “potential hydrogen” and it measures the acidity of substances. Similar to high school Chemistry concepts, a pH value from 0-7 is classified as “acidic”, while anything from 7-14 is classified as “alkaline”. Pure water has a neutral pH level of 7, meaning it has the same amount of acids and alkalis, which balance each other out.
What does pH Balance Have to do with Our Skin?
Let us first understand the biology of our skin.
The oil and sweat glands embedded in our skin contribute to our skin’s pH level – which is approximately 5.5, making it slightly acidic.
When our skin is too acidic, it will cause inflammation and be more susceptible to bacteria infection. When our skin is too alkaline, it will become very dry and thus, age faster.
Therefore, the trick to healthy skin lies in ensuring that your skin’s pH is balanced at 5.5.
What Happens When Our Skin’s pH Level is Imbalanced?
As mentioned, our skin’s pH level is approximately 5.5. But what happens when the pH levels start to vary?
Well, many undesirable things can happen. Instead of listing down all the possible scenarios, here is what generally happens:
Once our skin’s pH level is imbalanced, the oil and sweat glands will start to detoxify by pushing impurities out from the bottom layers. In fact, most skin conditions such as acne and eczema always start from the deepest layers, which is why everything actually boils down to our skin’s pH level.
How Do We Prevent This?
As horrifying as it sounds, with every cloud there is a silver lining. Here is how you can prevent your skin’s pH level from varying too much:
Know your skin’s pH level
Everyone’s a little different. In order to know what your skin’s pH level is, you could take a simple test that is available at most dermatologists.
If you do not suffer from any skin conditions, then your skin is most likely at a pH level of 5.5.
If you tend to have oily skin, then its pH level should be below 5.5.
If you usually have very dry skin, then its pH level should be above 5.5.
Use the right products
The most basic of all products – the facial cleanser, plays one of the biggest roles in ensuring pH balance of your skin. Find a cleanser that has the closest pH value to your skin type, because a cleanser that has a close pH value to your skin will not mess up your pH balance.
Apart from your facial cleanser, be sure to check the other products that you might use on your skin.
As much as we’ve stressed this, it is worth mentioning again!
Eating right contributes significantly to your body’s pH level (that’s right, your body has a general pH level too!), which directly translates onto your skin’s pH Balance as well.
Here’s a rough chart to tell you what to eat and what not to eat. Please bear in mind your skin type and thus pH balance, though.
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- Foods to Avoid This X’mas For Better Skin (And No Acne!)
- 6 Facts About Asian Skin
- Layering Hydration the Right Way
Once again, this only stresses our philosophy that healthy skin should radiate from within.
Remember now: Balance is Everything 🙂