The skin barrier - we've seen it mentioned on countless products in the market to help protect it, and there are a plethora of articles on how to repair it, but what is a skin barrier, and how can we take care of it? We’re breaking down everything you need to about your skin barrier below. Ready to take some notes?
The skin barrier is a layer that protects your skin from the outside world. A healthy skin barrier helps prevent dehydration, helps sustain the skin’s immunity, and protects skin against harmful microorganisms, chemicals, or irritants that can penetrate the skin and cause damage.
A lot of factors can play a role in damaging your skin barrier. This includes environmental stressors like pollution and smog, but can also be components of your own routine such as excessive or frequent cleansing, using an abrasive exfoliant, or showering with really hot water. Lifestyle choices such as smoking and an imbalanced diet can also play a role in damaging your skin barrier.
When your skin barrier is damaged, it allows bad bacteria to get into the skin’s inner layers. This can cause inflammation, redness, soreness, or blotchiness, and your skin may become more prone to breakouts. On top of this, your skin may become dehydrated and appear dull or uneven in texture and tone.