DOES THE pH OF MY CLEANSER REALLY MATTER?
The importance of something as basic as a cleanser should not be overlooked.You maybe wondering why your skincare products are not as effective, without realising that the culprit maybe in your cleanser. While using the right cleanser may not cure all your skin problems, it will definitely keep your skin healthy and happy, that’s what matters right??
Harsh cleansers damages the protective barrier and makes our skin more susceptible to all kinds of skin problems.Next time you wash your face, remember that squeaky clean feeling right after you wash your face is not good for the skin.
So what is pH?
pH mean potential of hydrogen in other words, it is the measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions in any substance. The ph of a solution is indicated by a numeric scale that runs from 0-14.
Anything below 7 (which is ph neutral) is considered acidic, while anything with a ph greater than 7 is considered alkaline.
Our skin has a thin, protective layer on its surface called the Acid mantle. This acid mantle is made up of sebum (fatty acids) excreted from the skin’s sebaceous glands, which mixes with lactic and amino acids from sweat to create the skin’s pH, which is slightly acidic – at about 5.5 and hence the name acid mantle.
Maintaining the acid balance of our skin is very important to achieving a healthy skin. Consistent use of harsh cleansers and products that are high on the pH scale can damage the skin’s acidic mantle, which in turn, allows for bacteria to breed and cause havoc to our skin.
Our skin is happiest and healthiest when it has a pH of 4.5-5.5 which is just right in the middle of the pH scale.
Signs our skin barrier is damaged:
- Breakouts and acne even though your skin feels dry and tight on the outside. When your skin is dehydrated, it produces excess oils to balance itself out. This overproduction of oil can cause breakouts.
- Dry, flaky, dehydrated skin.
- Premature aging
- Sensitive,Redness, irritated and itchy skin
- Excessive oil
- Dull skin
Picking the right cleanser:
The first step to restoring a damaged barrier is by choosing gentle cleanser .Avoid cleansers that contains SLS-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and SLES- Sodium Laureth Sulfate as they can irritate and dry the skin.
Choose a cleanser close to the pH of our skin about pH5-5.5 to maintain balanced and healthy skin barrier.Using gentle cleansers prevents overstripping of the protective barrier on the surface of the skin and protects your skin in the long run.
Here are our top picks of low pH cleansers
4. PURITO DEFENCE BARRIER pH CLEANSER: Features a blend of antioxidant-rich grapefruit extract, tea tree oil and centella Asiatica that works to brighten,soothe and clear the skin of excess dead skin and sebum. Plus Royal jelly extract ensures the skin is hydrated, moisturised and doesn’t strip your skin dry.
5. COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel cleanser: Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is classic for a reason. It’s super gentle and is great for all skin types.Composed of botanical extracts and mild acids that help to exfoliate the skin without irritating it, prevents breakouts and can be used daily as part of your skin care regimen.