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June 09, 2020
If you’re a seasoned skin care fanatic or remember your high-school chemistry class, you’re probably familiar with the concept of pH. But what does pH actually mean? Why is it important in skin care? And how can it be optimized for the health of your skin? Read on for refresher on the power of pH!
pH is a logarithmic scale that goes from 0-14 and indicates the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. The letters p and H refer to “potential of hydrogen” as the number of hydrogen ions in a substance impacts how it reacts with other compounds. A basic substance accepts hydrogen ions while acids donate them.
That’s why pH is important when it comes to the health of your skin. Humans have an average facial pH of 4.7 which is actually acidic. Applying products too far outside of the skin’s natural range can cause ion flux. Using too acidic or too basic a product can disrupt the skin’s acid mantle, the protective pH barrier, and can cause rashes, irritation, dryness or even fungal or bacterial infections.
Always choose products formulated for facial skin and be mindful of skincare DIYs involving harsh pH ingredients like highly acid lemon juice or basic baking soda. Look for skin care products whose pH falls within the range of 4-7.
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