pH + Your Skin: Here’s What You Need To Know

The last time you thought about pH was probably in your 10th grade chemistry class, but for all of you ladies out there with sensitive skin, you’re about to get schooled… beautifully!

We sat down with Dr. Alex Fazeli, the doctor who oversees Research and Development for Sebamed (a skincare line designed to treat sensitive skin by restoring your skin’s pH), to fill us in on everything we need to know about how to treat sensitive skin with pH regulating products.

pH + Skincare 101

What’s pH got to do with it?

pH is a measure of acidity. Measured on a scale of 0 (most acidic) to 14 (most alkaline), 5.5 is the ideal pH of skin, no matter your age, skin tone or ethnicity. When skin has a pH of 5.5, the skin barrier is healthiest. It maintains moisture, fights pathogens and is no longer sensitive. Plus, you’ll have a lower risk of dehydration, irritation, allergies and skin infection.

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Do you have sensitive skin?

The best way to determine if you have sensitive skin is via trial and error. If you usually react to new products or frequently have dry, tight, flaky skin that gets red, burns or itches, you are likely one of the many with sensitive skin. The good news, though, is that you’re not destined to always have sensitive skin!

What causes sensitive skin?

Anything that damages the skin barrier may cause skin sensitivity. Your diet, medications and hormonal changes are all factors that should be checked when determining if you have skin sensitivity.

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What products are best for sensitive skin?

While seeking products that are dermatologist-tested and say “hypoallergenic” is a no-brainer, another key factor for sensitive skin is the pH of skin care products, which ideally should be 5.5. At this slightly acidic pH, the skin is able to best maintain its barrier as well as a healthy moisture level, while blocking out negative environmental influences and helping to maximize the skin’s self defense capabilities.

How can products alter the pH of your skin? 

When you use products with a pH level that’s different than your skin’s pH level, they can interfere with your skin’s health and beauty. Consistently using skin care products with a pH of 5.5, like those by Sebamed, though, will not only prevent irritation and damage but also treating it.

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