Serenitree Squad, have you heard about skin pH balance? Skin pH (hydrogen potential) balance is one of the key factors that determine the health of our skin! The slightest imbalance can lead to new skin problems. Moreover, the use of skincare products with different pH levels can also affect it! That’s why in this article, we’re going to talk in-depth about the importance of pH balance, how to know, and how to take care of our skin’s pH.
What is skin pH balance and its benefits?
Skin pH balance refers to the acidity or basicity of the skin surface. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, where numbers below 7 indicate acidity, while numbers above 7 indicate basicity. A balanced pH level on the skin is very important as it affects the overall health and appearance of the skin.
The normal skin pH range is around 4 to 6. Skin that has a pH outside of this range can show imbalances, making it prone to skin problems such as irritation, acne, or dry skin. Therefore, knowing and maintaining your skin’s pH level is the first step towards healthy skin!
Why is this so important? Because skin pH balance has 3 important benefits for our skin, namely:
- Protects the skin
Good bacteria on the skin can block the possibility of bacteria and other free radicals to enter. A pH level that is too alkaline will cause our skin to become dry or sensitive, while an acidic pH level will cause irritation.
- Retains natural moisture
The skin has natural oils or sebum that help to retain moisture. High alkaline pH levels can strip away these natural oils, leaving your skin dry!
- Fights infection & bacteria
Unbalanced skin pH will make our skin vulnerable and difficult to fight bacteria and external factors such as pollution.
This is why we must maintain the pH level of our face and body skin as a whole. But for that, we must first know what the pH level of the skin is, because everyone has different acid and alkaline levels!
How to Test Skin pH Balance
It’s easy to measure your skin’s pH balance! There are 3 methods that we can do. The first and easiest is to use a special pH meter. This is one of the most accurate ways to measure our skin’s pH balance! This device is specially designed to measure the acidity or basicity of the skin with high precision. Simply apply it to your skin and see the color on the indicator.
Secondly, we can do so by observing the condition and signs on our skin. Signs such as redness, excessive sweating, or discomfort can indicate a pH imbalance. Smooth, moisturized skin, without redness, and not dry can indicate a balanced skin pH. However, conditions such as irritation, acne, redness, or dryness can indicate a high or alkaline skin pH. But remember, this method won’t be as accurate as using a meter! So, Serenitree suggests that we should choose a more accurate method.
The most accurate and safe thing is of course we can directly consult our skin condition and check our pH level with a skin specialist. The specialist or a doctor can give us a comprehensive evaluation of the condition as well as advice on the right products and treatments. Of course, this is the wisest choice. But back again depending on our own circumstances and needs!
Skin pH Normality Levels
Each individual has a different skin pH level depending on skin type. In addition, external factors such as pollution, exposure to other products, or diet can also affect it. But don’t worry! By understanding the levels, we can know how to balance them and choose products with the right pH levels!
- Oily Skin
Oily skin tends to have a lower pH, around 4 to 5.2. Therefore, skincare products specifically designed to control excess oil production will be of great benefit to those with this skin type.
- Dry Skin
In contrast, dry skin tends to have a higher pH (above 5.5), ranging from 7 to 8. We should choose skincare with formulations to provide additional moisture.
- Normal Skin
Normal skin usually has a balanced pH around 5 to 6. For adult women, the skin pH generally ranges from 4.5-5.7 while for adult men it ranges from 4-5.5 (Based on The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology). Even though you don’t need special care, try to choose skincare according to your pH level range!
Sereni-Tress, is your skin’s pH level normal? If not, don’t worry, we can slowly change the pH to be balanced with some positive routines.
How to keep your skin pH balanced
It’s quite simple! We just need to incorporate skincare habits and live healthier. Some of these include:
- Using skincare according to pH level
- Choose a cleanser with safe and non-harsh ingredients (Example: Serenitree’s natural body wash).
- Use moisturizer and sunscreen regularly
- Exfoliate moderately
- Avoid bad habits and follow a healthy lifestyle
Maintaining pH balance and overall skin health requires cooperation in external and internal self-care. Healthy skin can balance the skin’s pH level safely and naturally!
How often should we check our skin’s pH level?
How often we should check the skin’s pH level depends on individual needs. If you have skin concerns or are trying out a new product, checking your skin’s pH regularly can help ensure that the product is suitable for your skin’s needs.
Generally, it is recommended to check your skin’s pH at least once or twice a month. However, if you’re experiencing drastic changes in your skin condition or using new products, it’s better to check as needed! To be on the safe side, you should still consult a specialist.
Let’s get into the habit of living healthy and taking proper care of your skin for future health investments!