A Beginning Guide to Achieving Flawless Skin: The Acid Mantle

Acid Mantle

I’ve had my fair share of skin issues from bad der­ma­tol­ogy run in’s to using strip­ping prod­ucts that caused my skin to dry out and leave behind hyper­pig­men­ta­tion  and flaky skin.

Through my skin­care jour­ney, I’ve found, one of the most impor­tant things in achiev­ing smooth, lumi­nous, and acne-free skin is pro­tect­ing the Acid Man­tle.

I fig­ured if we were going to address the skin then the Acid Man­tle should be the first top­ic we dis­cuss when intro­duc­ing skin care. It’s a sim­ple con­cept and one of the fun­da­men­tal basics when under­stand­ing skin­care, but it’s rarely talked about in the skin­care com­mu­ni­ty.

 What the heck is an Acid Mantle? 

 Basic Expla­na­tion:  Have you ever used a skin­care prod­uct and it left your skin feel­ing dry, raw, inflamed, red or itchy? Chances are yes. This is your acid man­tle cry­ing for help.

When a prod­uct is extreme­ly harsh and every­thing you put on your face caus­es a sen­si­tive reac­tion this is your acid man­tle being out of whack and can take days to weeks to recov­er depend­ing on the sever­i­ty.

 Tech­ni­cal Expla­na­tion:  Your skin’s acid man­tle is the thin film on the skin’s sur­face that helps act as a bar­ri­er against bac­te­ria, virus­es, and oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants. It also holds in mois­ture and liq­uid, retain­ing the skin’s hydra­tion lev­els.

The acid man­tle is actu­al­ly made up of sebum – that waxy, oily sub­stance that is secret­ed by the seba­ceous gland under the skin. When the acid man­tle is mixed with amino acids from sweat, this cre­ates our skin’s PH lev­el.

 What exactly is a PH? 

From the foods, we eat to the prod­ucts we use; every­thing has a PH lev­el and so does your skin.PH is a scale of mea­sure from 1 to 14 that tells you how acidic a prod­uct is.7 is a neu­tral Ph and 14 being the most alka­line and any­thing below 7 is on the acidic side.

Acid Mantle

With Skin­care you want your skin to stay on the acidic side with a Ph of 5.5/6

Why?

  • Acts as a bar­ri­er between skin and virus­es, bac­te­ria, impu­ri­ties
  • Helps main­tain hydra­tion and mois­ture for sup­ple skin
  • Helps pro­tect skin from abra­sions and cracks

While an excess in sebum can lead to unwant­ed oili­ness and clogged pores, sebum is essen­tial to make up the acid man­tle and there­fore pro­tects the skin. Harsh, soapy and foam­ing cleansers can be dam­ag­ing to the acid man­tle, as they strip away ALL oils of the skin. This leaves your skin sus­cep­ti­ble to bac­te­ria and envi­ron­men­tal stres­sors!

The acid man­tle must be pro­tect­ed at all costs. It is the only way you will achieve clear, glowy, and healthy skin.

 So now that I know what the acid mantle is what products should I use? 

For cleansers, you want some­thing that’s aired on the 5.5/6 side of things that’s gen­tle and that doesn’t strip your nat­ur­al oils from your skin. Check PH bal­anced cleansers on “Prod­ucts I Love” page.

For me per­son­al­ly, I find that any kind of bar soap whether all nat­ur­al or not irri­tates my skin and throws it out of whack ( which I’m cur­rent­ly expe­ri­enc­ing since I want­ed to try out new cleansers. That’s okay because I know the steps to get it back right.)

When cleans­ing NEVER use hot water as it dries out your skin fur­ther use cool or luke­warm water when cleans­ing the face.

 Organic PH-Balanced Cleansers 

SoapBerry for Face 

Real, Sensitive Skin Face Wash. The Only pH 5.5 Balanced Unscented Foaming Facial Cleanser for Allergic Skin – Gentle Facial Cleanser for Women and Men With Organic Soapberries, 4 oz—by Tree To Tub

Ingre­di­ents:

 SAPINDUS MUKOROSSI (Wild Soap­ber­ry) JUICE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF (Organ­ic Aloe Vera) JUICE, DECYL GLUCOSIDE (from Coconut), EUTERPE OLERACEA (Organ­ic Açaí) EXTRACT, MATRICARIA CHAMOMILLA (Organ­ic Chamomile) EXTRACT, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL (from Coconut) & DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL & GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE (from Coconut), BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (Organ­ic Shea But­ter) 

2 E‑ra Organics 

Natural Moisturizing Face Wash - Gentle Sulfate Free Facial Cleanser and Body Wash with Organic Aloe Vera & Manuka Honey for Dry, Oily, Damaged, Sensitive Skin. Ph Balanced, Non Toxic (4oz)Ingre­di­ents:

 Organ­ic Aloe Bar­baden­sis Gel (Aloe Vera), Cocami­do­propyl Betaine (derived from Coconut), Organ­ic Glyc­erin, Lep­tosper­mum Sco­par­i­um Mel (Manu­ka Hon­ey), Toco­bi­ol (Vit­a­min E), Ceha­mi (Cen­tipe­da Cun­ning­hamii), Glu­cono­lac­tone, Sodi­um Ben­zoate, Sodi­um Hyaluronate, Mani­hot Escu­len­ta (Tapi­o­ca) Starch, Cel­lu­lose Gum, Xan­than Gum, Mica, Tita­ni­um Diox­ide, Iron Oxide 

Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser 

Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser, 8.4 Ounce

Ingre­di­ents:

 Organ­ic Phy­tonu­tri­ent Blend™ [Aloe Juice*, Cucum­ber Juice*, Wil­low Bark Extract*, Rose­hip Seed Extract*, Grape­fruit Peel Extract*, Com­frey Leaf Extract*, Laven­der Flower Extract*, Horse­tail Leaf Extract*, Pep­per­mint Leaf Extract*, Cal­en­du­la Offic­i­nalis Flower Extract*, Beet­root Extract* And Veg­etable Glyc­erin*], Sweet Almond Milk, Lau­ryl Glu­co­side, Ben­zyl Alco­hol, Sal­i­cylic Acid, Veg­etable Glyc­erin, Sor­bic Acid, Yogurt, Cucum­ber Extract, Cit­ric Acid, Men­thol, Tea Tree Oil*, Biocomplex2™ [Acai*, Lemon*, Bar­ba­dos Cher­ry*, Indi­an Goose­ber­ry*, Baobab*, Camu Camu*, Car­rot*, Coconut Water*, Goji Berry*, Tapi­o­ca Starch (from Cas­sa­va Root)*, Alpha Lipoic Acid And Coen­zyme Q10], Veg­etable Glyc­erin*.  

 Tone 

Next, you want a ton­er prefer­ably a rose water ton­er and when I say rose water I mean the pure Bul­gar­i­an Rose Water. this is going refine your pores and keep it sup­ple and hydrat­ed and bring it back into the ph bal­anced zone.

I use this one.

Alteya Organics Rose Water 

Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water Toner - USDA Organic, Award-Winning, Organic Toner Mist, 8.5 oz/250ml

 Heal and Hydrate 

After cleans­ing, you want to heal with the infa­mous Aloe Vera Gel. Aloe is great for inflamed, dry, and chapped skin. Using it will help to bring your skin’s man­tle back into har­mo­ny.

Green Leaf Natural Aloe Vera

Green Leaf Naturals Aloe Vera Gel for Skin, Face and Hair, 8-Ounce

 Protect 

For the last step, you want to use oils and but­ter to seal and pro­tect your skin. My favorite is Pome­gran­ate oil it’s great at reju­ve­nat­ing the skin and heal­ing marks and dis­col­oration. Anoth­er oil I’d sug­gest is Tamanu oil it’s also great at heal­ing dry, chapped skin, and it’s antibac­te­r­i­al.

Pomegranate Oil

Pomegranate Seed Oil by Leven Rose, 100% Pure Unrefined Cold Pressed Antioxidant Moisturizer for Hair Skin and Nails 1 oz

Tamanu Oil 

Cammile Q Tamanu Oil - Organic, Cold Pressed, Unrefined - Perfect Treatment For Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne & Scars

As always eat a clean diet, unlike skin­care you want to eat alka­line foods like veg­eta­bles and fruits. This plays a huge role in keep­ing skin sup­ple and clear. Try imple­ment­ing these steps into your skin­care rou­tine to reverse skin­care dam­age. I real­ly hope this arti­cle was help­ful.

What products do you like to use to keep your skin healthy?

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1 year ago

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