Protect Your Skin’s Acid Mantle
Acid mantle is the natural covering protecting your skin. It is created by your sebaceous glands and sweat glands. If your skin is healthy, the pH level will be a bit acidic. This will protect skin from bacterial growth and infection. If the acid mantle becomes disrupted, the skin will be more prone to infection and damage. A majority of the commercial skin moisturizers and cleansers have a pH of 9 or more. This leaves your skin feeling very clean and tight. These products contain high levels of alkaline, which disrupts the skin’s pH in long run.
Be sure the topical treatments you choose do not interfere with the pH level of your skin. Be gentle when you wash your face. Antibacterial soaps reduce your skin’s acidity and should be avoided. Be sure to find out the pH level of any product (makeup, moisturizer, cleanser) you use on your skin – especially on your face. The ideal pH should be about 5 or 6 – just a little acidic. If pH is outside of this range, your skin will have a hard time renewing and repairing itself.