Friday, May 18, 2012

What does pH Balanced Mean?

Have you ever wondered what "pH balanced" actually means?

Our skin is naturally designed to fight against infection and the environment. The pH level of the skin refers to how acidic or alkaline your skin is. On a scale of 1-14 (1 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline), 7 is considered a neutral reading for your skin's pH. Our skin has a thin, protective layer on the surface, often referred to as the acid mantle. The acid mantle is made up of sebum (free fatty acides) that are excreted from the skin's sebaceous glands, which then mixes with lactic and amino acids from sweat to create the ideal pH, which should be slightly acidic at about 5.5

Many thing can interfere with the delicate structure of our skin's acid mantle internally and externally. As we age, our skin becomes more acidic in response to our lifestyles and the environment. Everything that comes in contact with our skin (products, smoking, air, water, sun, pollution, etc.) all contribute to the breaking down of the acid mantle and the skin's natural ability to protect itself.

Our diet also plays a role in determining our internal and external pH levels. It's important to note that a food's acid or alkaline formation in the body doesn't comply with the pH of the food itself. Most animal products, which are alkaline prior to digestion, are considered acid-forming in the body.An ideal diet consists of regularly alkalizing foods such as leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, tomatoes, carrots and soy beans.

The acid mantle is a form of protection, but if your pH level is too alkaline or too acidic, the mantle is disturbed and skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, and rosacea may result. 
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