Happy New Year! Welcome to my first post for 2013 on a topic which has been requested from some followers.
Does the skin need products containing fruit acids everyday?
The skins acid mantle is slightly acidic and usually has a pH between 4.5 – 6.0.
The skins acid mantle is crucial for maintaining skin health so when using skin care products containing harsh detergent-based products this can damage the acid mantle pH and therefore disrupting the delicate barrier that helps protect us from bacteria, viruses and fungal infections.
Using acids on a daily basis, may also disrupt the skin’s pH. This will depend on the products pH, so I would recommend asking your Skin Therapist what pH your acidic skin care products are. If you are a Therapist, I suggest asking your skin care company the product pH. If you are using an AHA product everyday, it would make sense that it be at a pH of just below the normal skins pH therefore allowing for desquamation of dead skin cells without creating inflammation on a scale where the barrier function is compromised.
Are you using products containing Alpha or Beta Hydroxy Acids? How do you feel they have changed your skin?
So who is a candidate for using products with Alpha Hydroxy Acids? Find out in part two next week.