An unbalanced pH can have several harmful consequences related to our skin, including eczema, premature aging & acne. When our skin is acting up, then it could be a trigger for an unbalanced pH. What is our natural skin pH balance?
pH can be expressed, in simple terms, as the level of acidity of alkalinity of a solution or defined system. The pH scale is from 0 to 14. On this level, 7 represents neutrality. Values above 7 are alkaline (or basic); values below 7 are acidic.
Under normal physiological conditions, your skin has an acidic pH that varies depending on the region between 4.5 and 6.5. This value is determined by substances present in the hydrolipid film, where fatty acids are responsible for the slight but essential acidity of the skin.
If the pH of the skin is altered, becoming more alkaline, this aids not only the proliferation of unwanted germs but also the denaturation of many of the substances present in the hydrolipid film itself. Therefore, the acidity of the skin must be maintained to protect the skin’s physiology.
Factors primarily responsible for the modification of the skin’s pH include cleansing, environmental attack, and anything that can provoke “stress” of the skin.
In the case of changes in skin pH, it is eccrine sweat, with its content of salts and amino acids, that is the skin’s principle buffering system, ensuring a rapid restoration of the optimal acidic pH.
Home remedies for restoring the natural pH skin balance
Apple Cider Vinegar Body Spray
Apple cider vinegar is full of vitamins and minerals that help restore skin’s pH balance when applied topically.
Preparation and usage:
For a skin usage, dilute one part of apple cider vinegar in eight parts water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and use it on the body and scalp. You can leave it on for 20 minutes to 1 hour depending on skin sensitivity. Take a shower afterward.
Besides restoring your skin pH balance, Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties and fights skin infection and clean out pores. It also balances the pH levels on the scalp to combat dandruff and remove product buildup from hair follicles.
For restoring the pH balance of the facial skin the best way is to use lemons. Combine one teaspoon of lemon juice with a half a cup of water. Apply with a cotton ball to the face and rinse after 5 minutes. It will restore skin’s pH balance as well as kill bacteria on the surface of the skin. The citric acid will also fight fine lines, wrinkles, and acne.
Dieting for healthier skin
A diet rich in raw foods can make the blood more alkaline. This will allow the blood to absorb more oxygen to aid digestion. Also, healthy digestion means clearer skin.
When your diet is too acidic, it leads to unbalanced pH levels in the skin. Columbia University’s Health Q&A Internet Service suggests a diet rich in dark green leafy vegetables as well as colorful fruits such as citrus fruits and berries. Additionally, drink lots of water for proper pH balance.
What to avoid
I believe that you already know this, but let us repeat:
Foods that can disrupt skin’s pH levels include commercial dairies such as packaged cheese, refined products like white flour, rice, sugar, and junk food. Food products that include meat, caffeinated and carbonated drinks, and foods cooked in hydrogenated oils can quickly throw off pH balance within the body and can lead to premature skin aging and acne.