Cleansers can throw off the pH Balance of your skin and contribute to breakouts & acne! Let me explain…
We all have something called an Acid Mantle or a Lipid Barrier. It allows our skin to stay hydrated & creates a barrier against bacteria. When it breaks down, your pH levels change and your skin gets really fussy. You will notice irritation, dehydration and pimples because a certain level of acidity is required for skin to inhibit the growth of bacteria. Dehydrated skin is bad enough, but dehydrated broken out skin is just yucky. It’s easier to fix dehydration than it is to fix the breakouts because pimples linger for two weeks under the surface of our skin before we ever see them.
Cleansers that are too alkaline strip natural oils and disrupt the pH of your skin. So using cleansers that foam up (detergents cause foaming and change pH), over cleansing& over exfoliating each contribute to breakouts.
A simple fix is using a cleanser that is pH balanced and will therefore encourage your skin to be pH balances. My favorite so far is the blemish control bar because it’s the only one I’ve used that hasn’t dried out my skin and made my acne worse. I also like that it’s a bar in a jar & it contains Salicylic Acid, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lipids and Sulfur. I can use my ClairiSonic with it AND if I can leave it on once a week for 5 minutes and it acts as a treatment mask! Another favorite of mine is Cetaphil and CereVe because they are very gentle and will contribute to pH balanced skin.
If you have any favorites, I’d love to hear about them down below!
And if you would like a more in depth view of the different types of acne and how to treat them, read my blog titled “Suspect: Acne”.