Why Your Skin Barrier Might Be The Key To Healing Acne

a healthy skin barrier leads to a clear complextion

We are just going to give it to you straight. Protecting your skin barrier is the first step to a clear complexion. A healthy barrier means less inflammation, fewer breakouts, and smoother, happier skin.

What is The Skin Barrier?

Also known as the Stratum Corneum, acts as a protective shield to retain moisture and keep harmful substances out. In the context of acne, a damaged barrier can make the skin more susceptible to inflammation and infection. Which can worsen acne symptoms.

How Does it Get Damaged?

It can become damaged for several reasons. Over-cleansing, excessive use of exfoliating agents, and exposure to environmental stressors like UV radiation and pollutants. When the barrier is weakened, it can lead to an increased production of sebum. (an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands) Which can clog pores and lead to the formation of pimples and blackheads.

How Can I Heal My Skin Barrier?

It is important to adopt a gentle skincare routine. A routine that includes using non-irritating, non-comedogenic products, such as those formulated with gentle ingredients:

  • Ceramides: are natural lipids found in the skin that help to maintain the barrier. Using products that contain ceramides can help to strengthen and improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
  • Niacinamide: a form of vitamin B3 that has been shown to improve the barrier function and reduce inflammation.
  • Hyaluronic acid: is a humectant that helps to draw moisture into the skin. This can help to plump and hydrate the barrier.
  • Zinc: Zinc is an essential mineral that has anti-inflammatory properties and may help to reduce acne breakouts.
  • Natural oils: Certain natural oils, such as jojoba oil and squalane. This can help to reinforce the barrier and improve its ability to retain moisture.

Additionally, using a moisturiser that helps to reinforce the barrier can also be beneficial. It is also important to limit sun exposure and avoid picking or squeezing pimples. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle to support skin health is always a must.


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