Understanding pH

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Understanding pHYou probably already know that having improper pH balance can lead to acne, blackheads, and/or dryness. But what is pH and how does one get balanced?

Let's start with what pH is exactly. The pH level of skin refers to how acidic or alkaline the skin is. Levels are measured on a scale of 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. Balanced adult skin is somewhat acidic, having an approximate range of 4 to 6.

When substances with different pH levels come into contact, chemical reactions can occur. Cleansers, lotions, and cosmetic products can affect your skin's pH. Look for products that state, "pH balanced," as the objective of these products is to keep your skin at the 4 to 6 pH range. Otherwise, you could find yourself using products with high acid or alkaline levels. Exposure to high or imbalanced levels of pH can irritate the skin, causing breakouts, dryness and acne.

Another term to get familiar with is acid mantle. The acid mantle is a thin surface of skin comprised of oil (also known as sebum) and perspiration. This is a form of protection, but if your pH level is too alkaline or too acidic, this layer is compromised and skin issues may crop up.

So how do you get a balanced pH? Turn to DERMAdoctor. Take the guesswork out and give the Litmus Test pH correcting skin care line a go.

The Litmus Test glycolic acid facial cleansing gel deeply cleanses and purifies skin by removing impurities caused by pollution, makeup and excessive oils. It helps keep skin clean and clear of acne and blackheads, but won't over dry.

Next, turn to the Litmus Test replenishing toner with glycolic & lactic acid. This toner is rich in protective antioxidants to maintain your acid mantle. It also conditions and rejuvenates unbalanced skin - revealing a more vibrant and healthy looking complexion.

Lastly, don't forget to moisturize! DERMAdoctor's Litmus Test pH correcting & renewing glycolic acid facial moisturizer reestablishes healthy skin chemistry, promotes cellular turnover and soothes dry skin. This helps to restore skin to a proper pH level, keeping it balanced and happy!

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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