As an acne-prone person I recently started to look into the pH value of my skin and how this will affect breakouts what products to use to best accommodate me. However, keeping the pH level of your skin just right is important for all skin types so tune in!
Keeping your skin at the right pH level will help keep your skin hydrated and moisturized as well as staying clear of bacteria, preventing breakouts and protecting your skin from early aging. The pH level will measure to what degree a product is acidic or alkaline. You may think that if you are too far on the acid side your skin will burn, but your skin will also burn by being too far on the alkaline side. Which is why it is important to understand where to be and how to balance it. From all my research I have found that healthier skin is always on the acidic side of the scale.
Everyone is not the same, and the same goes for people’s pH level. Our skin’s pH should be between 4,2 and 5,5. It is said by doctors that your pH level should actually be less than 5 for healthiest results. When using a product that has a different pH to your skin, your skin will always try to reverse back it its own pH, and how quickly it does so depends on what you have put on.
After a shower, shaving or washing your face, your skin’s pH level will change, which is why we apply a toner to tune in your skin to be more receptive take in the next products better, giving you a better effect. Most people might not understand the importance of a toner, but it is really all about prepping your skin for the next step as well as giving your skin the first layer or moisture after cleansing.
A favourite of our toners, are the Whamisa Organic Toners, which is based on fermented ingredients. These ingredients have been through a process where a probiotic (lactobacillus) breaks down the sugars and protein, turning these into lactic acid (an AHA, very exciting!). As you have most likely read our previous post (hopefully!), AHA and BHA in skincare, you should now get excited as you know that lactic acid, being on the more acidic side of the pH scale, bacteria will die and make room for amino acids and peptides, giving so many benefits!
Most skincare products tend to be at a pH level around 5,5 and will not need to be in a very specific range to work optimally. However, some products do, like acids and vitamin-c serums. These tend to need a low pH level (acidic). AHA’s are most effective at a pH level range of 3-4 and will be less useful at a pH level above 4,5. BHA’s will work best at 3 and will be less effective when higher than 4. Also, an AHA with less than 4% acid or a BHA with less than 0,5% salicylic acid or 1% betaine salicylate will also be ineffective. A vitamin-c serum will be most effective at a pH level around 2-3,5, which can cause irritation for people with sensitive skin, which is why some like to blend it in with a moisturizer.
Please remember to not play chemist when it comes to your skin, as we don’t want you to end up with burns or damaged skin. Trust your products and test out different combinations, letting them absorb fully before applying another serum or toner so they can reach they full potential. It is really all a balancing act.
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