When we experience skincare problems, we go through several knee-jerk reactions. We despair; switch skincare products, pop in for a dermatological visit, you get the drift. What some of us fail to do is understanding where the root of the problem lies. Bringing us to the next point, our skin’s pH, believe it or not, plays a big part in determining our skin condition. Keep scrolling and see if you know the nuts and bolts of the skin’s pH scale.

The Ideal Skin pH

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First things first, we must know the ideal pH level before finding the underlying cause of our skincare problem. According to studies conducted by dermatologists, the optimal pH for our skin is 5.5. If you recall your chemistry lessons in school, you would know that this is a fairly acidic level. Thanks to the acid mantle, it acts as a barrier and protects our skin from bacteria. If the pH gets too neutral, it gets compromised and allows germs to enter our skin.

The Factors

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There are many, many fascinating factors that affect the skin pH. Here are some of the elements that contribute to our skin’s measure of acidity:

  • Sweat
  • Age
  • Skin Moisture
  • Soaps
  • Makeup Products
  • Hormones

Soaps have an alkaline pH scale of 9 to 11. When you use it on the skin, the protective lipids get removed, which in turn boosts your level of irritation. (Read: acne and skin allergies) This could be the reason why you’ve been experiencing skin tightness after a shower.

To boot, according to the British Journal of Dermatology, women with alkaline skin pH tend to develop more wrinkles as their skin’s outermost layer is drier and more vulnerable in their later years.

The Solution

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Fortunately, you don’t need to spend big bucks to solve this knotty problem. To start off, you should always remember to have a well-balanced diet that’s pregnant with fruits and vegetables. Ditch the soap you’re using and switch to a gentle cleanser. Most importantly, don’t forget to use a suitable moisturiser. A great example is the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (coincidentally enough, we did a review about it!). Also, don’t ever skip toning, which can help to balance your skin’s pH. Lastly, you should avoid over-washing your face as water has a pH scale of 7. Sound simple enough? Here’s to happy skin!