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Is Your Skin Barrier Damaged?

Is Your Skin Barrier Damaged?

WHAT IS THE SKIN BARRIER?

The skin barrier, (epidermal barrier) is the outside layer of your skin—the first line of defense that protects your skin from environmental aggressors.

Your skin barrier’s duties are to:
  • maintain your skin’s moisture balance
  • prevent invasion of bacteria and microbes
  • reduce effects of UV light (minimize wrinkle)
  • reduce effects of oxidative stress (antioxidant barrier)

 

HEALTHY SKIN BARRIER

DAMAGED SKIN BARRIER


IS IT DAMAGED?

IS YOUR SKIN EXPERIENCING...

 

 

 

If you answered YES to at least 2 concerns, your skin barrier might be damaged.



CAUSES OF DAMAGE

There are two factors that contribute to the damage of your skin barrier:

1. EXOGENOUS FACTORS

    • climate
    • harsh skincare actives
    • exposure to irritants (bacteria, pollution, etc.)
    • over exfoliation
    • over cleansing (strips off skin’s natural oils)
    • excessive UV exposure

2. ENDOGENOUS FACTORS

    • age (skin thins out)
    • genetics
    • underlying skin conditions 



THE DO'S AND DONT'S

OF CARING FOR YOU SKIN BARRIER

DO'S

REMEMBER YOUR BASICS: Listen to your skin and give it only what it needs!

    STAY SUN-PROTECTED. 
    KEEP A BALANCED PH.

    MOISTURIZE RELIGIOUSLY: Look for products with ceramides, glycerin, and other lipophilic agents to restore moisture.


      DONT'S
      AVOID HARSH CLEANSERS
      CUT BACK ON PHYSICAL EXFOLIATION
      DON’T USE TOO MANY PRODUCTS AT ONCE



      SOURCES

      Rosso, J. D., Zeichner, J., Alexis, A., Cohen, D., & Berson, D. (2016). Understanding the Epidermal Barrier in Healthy and Compromised Skin: Clinically Relevant Information for the Dermatology Practitioner: Proceedings of an Expert Panel Roundtable Meeting. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology, 9(4 Suppl 1), S2–S8.

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