A healthy skin barrier is crucial for the appearance of the skin. In this article you will learn what the skin barrier is, how you can recognize a healthy skin barrier and how you can get a healthy and strong skin barrier.
The largest human organ is in danger:
In a world where skin problems such as acne are increasing in adulthood, the importance of an intact skin barrier is coming into focus. The skin is not only our largest organ, but also our outermost “line of defense” against environmental stress and pollutants.
Signs of a weakened skin barrier:The International Dermal Institute emphasizes that between 40 and 55 percent of people aged 20 to 40 have skin problems such as mild acne and oily skin. These problems can often be attributed to a weakened skin barrier, which makes it easier for environmental influences and bacteria to penetrate the skin.
Checklist: This is how you recognize a weakened skin barrierBefore we delve deeper into the skin barrier, it is important to know how to recognize a disrupted skin barrier. Here are some signs of this:
- Dehydrated and dry skin: Your skin loses too much moisture and feels dry.
- Increased sebum production and blemishes: You notice excessive sebum production and are prone to inflamed pimples. Simply touching the skin is often enough to trigger blemishes.
- Pale and dull skin: Your skin looks tired and dull.
- Flakey and tight skin: The skin begins to flake and feels tight.
- Redness and inflammation: You suffer from skin redness and inflammation.
This is how you strengthen your skin barrier
We have summarized some measures for you that will strengthen your skin barrier:
- Natural double cleansing with an oil-based cleanser, such as Removing Balm. When cleansing, not only effectively remove dirt and make-up, but also provide your skin with vitamins and antioxidants that strengthen the skin barrier and protect the skin from external influences
- The right cleansing routine for your skin type The individually tailored cleansing routine for your skin type strengthens your skin barrier in the long term and also helps you identify problems with it. Is your skin tight, inflamed or red after cleansing? This points this to a disturbed skin barrier.
- Strengthen the acid mantle A toner, for example with Tepezcohuite and Aloe Vera, naturally strengthens the skin's acid mantle by balancing the pH value.
- Moisturize without making the skin dependent Your moisturizer should maintain the skin's natural moisture levels and not lock in moisture. Ingredients such as aloe vera, tepezcohuite or jícama promote natural moisture retention. In contrast, mineral oil-based moisturizers (e.g. Vaseline) can be addictive to the skin because they form an occlusive layer on the skin that hinders moisture exchange.
- Avoid over-exfoliation: Exfoliating too frequently can weaken the skin barrier. Limit the use of exfoliants to once or twice a week.
- Skin-friendly diet & drinking enough: A balanced diet and sufficient water intake strengthen the skin from within
- Stress management: Stress can affect the skin barrier. Look for ways to reduce stress, such as meditation or yoga.
The skin barrier explained in detail:
The skin barrier is not the same as the acid mantle of the skin. These two terms are often confused or even used interchangeably, even though they serve different functions.
The acid mantle refers to the hydro-lipid film that forms on the surface of the skin. This film is created by the combination of sebum, sweat and components of dead horn cells. It gives the skin its slightly acidic pH value and also fulfills an important protective function.
The skin barrier, on the other hand, is not a protective film, but a protective layer that is located in the top layer of skin, the so-called horny layer or the stratum corneum. This layer consists of corneocytes, also called horn cells, which are surrounded by skin-identical lipids.