The acid mantle is an acidic oily layer that sits on the top of our skin protecting it from bacteria. It also helps the skin maintain a healthy moisture level and prevent dehydration.
The skins acid mantle can be temporarily removed by using harsh soaps or over exfoliating allowing the skin to be susceptible to acne, rashes, infection, sun damage and infections.
While having a build up of too many dead skin cells can give the skin a dull and sluggish appearance over exfoliating can remove the few layers of dead skin cells we need for protection. Over exfoliating can also accelerate the skin's aging process by allowing more sun damage and exposure to free radicals that break down collagen and elastin fibers.
If the acid mantle is destroyed it can usually repair itself over time but can take 2-3 weeks. Healthy skin should have a slightly acidic pH of around 4.5. The pH scale is measured from 1-14. Water is neutral or 7.
Often time people who suffer from acne often are contributing to their breakouts by using a highly alkaline cleanser which leaves the skin's pH too high. When the skin's pH is no longer acidic bacteria can constantly cause pimples.
Acne treatments that focus on restoring the skin’s pH to acidic levels can help alleviate breakouts. If acne isn't a concern maybe your suffering from red or irritated skin, dry or tight skin which makes the skin look more aged! Contact me about what kind of facial treatments I can offer you! Remember all skin consultations are complementary!