Essential information for protecting and treating the skin barrier
Not surprisingly being our biggest organ, our skin goes through a lot on a daily basis. Our skin has to deal with the harmful external pollutants, the strong UV rays released from the sun and makeup which we apply to it just to mention a few of the things it has to handle. All of this impact our skin and more specifically they can damage the skin barrier. In this article we will discuss some guidelines when it comes to protecting the skin barrier and ways to repair it when it has been damaged.
Some methods for protecting the skin barrier
When it comes to protecting the skin barrier it is essential that we start with our skincare routine. Washing your face is a fundamental part of any skincare routine and when it comes to washing your face you can protect the skin barrier by using lukewarm and cooler water. Avoid using hot water when it comes to washing your face since hot water is more likely to damage the skin barrier.
It is also recommended to also avoid harsh scrubs and if you decide to exfoliate use gentle ones and also make sure you apply a moisturizer after exfoliation. Scrubs and exfoliations in particular that are harsh tend to leave the skin very dry and dehydrated which can damage the skin barrier. By using gentle scrubs and exfoliates and applying moisturizer after exfoliation we are less likely to damage the skin barrier.
Another method that can be used to lessens the damage on the skin barrier is by lightly shaving your face which is very similar to the method widely known as dermaplaning. This will help to remove the short hairs and peach fuzz that grows on the face and also removes Keratinocytes which are the primary type of cells found in the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. This method is quite safe since no chemical are used which means no dehydration of the skin.
So essentially wash your face with lukewarm water and gentle cleansers, avoid harsh exfoliants and make sure to moisturize which are all steps to help to protect the skin barrier.
How to repair the skin barrier once it has been damaged
Some of the first steps you can take when it comes to repairing the skin barrier that has been damaged are similar to the ones, we outlined about protecting the skin barrier from damage. These include washing your face with gentle cleanser once skin has been damaged and avoid using exfoliants that have harsh ingredients.
When it comes to selecting skincare products to use when your skin barrier has been damaged and are repairing the damaged skin, it is very important to use products that have the same pH balance as your skin. Using product that have similar pH balance to your skin will ensure that you do not disrupt the pH balance of your skin which can further damage the skin barrier.
Additionally, as you are repairing your skin barrier it is recommended to avoid products that have retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids which can irritate the skin further. You can replace the products that may be irritating with gentle moisturizers and if you need to apply sunscreen make sure to apply gentle ones.