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  • Writer's pictureThalia Polk

Skin Barrier Function

Keeping our skin barrier healthy is much more than a cosmetic concern. Our skin barrier is our body’s frontline defense against everything the world throws at us.

Also known as the stratum corneum, our skin barrier helps limit Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) by sealing in moisture and hydration, and acts as a barrier providing protection from environmental toxins and harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and insects. It also stores important enzymes, hormones, and cytokines, as well as provides antioxidant and immune support.

A thin, weak skin barrier lets irritants in and moisture out, resulting in dullness, dryness, and sensitivity that can lead to inflammation and premature aging.

Things that cause skin barrier damage:

  • The natural aging process

  • UV exposure

  • Pollution

  • Blue light

  • Stress

  • Bacteria

  • Poor diet

  • Harsh chemical skincare

  • Over cleansing

  • Over exfoliating

  • Extreme temperatures

  • Genetic skin conditions

Symptoms of a compromised skin barrier/barrier function:

  • Dryness

  • Dehydration

  • Redness/inflammation

  • Flakiness

  • Irritation and/or sensitivity

  • Itchiness

  • Rough or discolored patches

  • Bacterial, fungal, or viral skin infections





How can you protect the barrier function of your skin?

  • Simplify your skincare routine

  • Keep your skin's pH in check

  • Apply plant oils

  • Use a hyaluronic acid serum

  • Wear sunscreen

  • Keep hydrated - inside and out

  • Take it easy on the exfoliators

  • Use moisturizer

  • Get professional facials regularly

  • Use skincare products that are rich in antioxidants and that are appropriate for your skin type and condition.

A healthy skin barrier is the foundation for youthful, glowing skin - no matter how old or young you are. Do you struggle with any of the symptoms above? Repairing a compromised skin barrier can sometimes be tricky. But, with commitment and dedication, we can get your skin back in shape in no time!


XOXO,

Thalia

 

I would love to help you achieve your skin goals! Visit my website to view my entire menu of services. Then, email me at thaliapolkesthetics@gmail.com, or DM me via Instagram or Facebook. I’ll get you set up with a comprehensive consultation and skin analysis, and we'll sail off on your skin transformation journey together!

Do you have questions about anything in this post? Leave a comment right here in this post or email me at thaliapolkesthetics@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!

 

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