Why pH balance in skin care matters?

The pH of your skin care products matters a lot for the health of the skin. To keep your skin healthy, it is important to understand the role of pH in skincare. Today even products are marketed as formulations that would not disrupt the pH level of the skin.

What is pH?

pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. It specifies how acidic or alkaline (basic) a solution is. Acidic solutions have a lower pH that is less than 7. While alkaline solutions have higher pH that is greater than 7. A pH of 7 is neutral, neither acidic nor basic. It is more of a secondary school level of science (remember! experimenting with litmus paper in chemistry class!).

The optimal pH level for the face is slightly acidic and ranges from 4 to 6.


How it affects the skin?

The acid mantle is a thin protective barrier on the surface of the skin, made up of fatty acids and secretions from oil glands. It is due to the use of extreme treatments (either too acidic or too alkaline) skin’s acid mantle is damaged, and skin becomes m