How to fix your skin barrier.

How to fix your skin barrier.

The phrase “skin barrier” has had a real explosion in the past couple years! But what exactly is your skin barrier, doesn’t your whole skin serve as a barrier anyway? And how do you know if it’s been compromised? Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as intense as it sounds, and we’re breaking it down for you.

What is your skin barrier?

Your skin is made up of many layers, but the outermost one is called the stratum corneum. It’s the layer of skin that protects you from pollutants and other environmental factors while keeping moisture in. 

It’s made up of a matrix of cells called corneocytes and lipids. These lipids contain all the good stuff that your skin needs to stay moisturized and strong—ceramides, fatty acids, etc. Together, the cells and lipids form a strong “wall” that protects you from UV rays, infection, pollution, and dehydration. It’s you and your lipid matrix against the world!

What can go wrong?

Healthy layers of skin cells and lipids can be damaged with aggressive scrubs, too many active ingredients (like retinol or lactic acid), and external stuff like wind and cold weather. Over-washing and over-exfoliating are two other common ways that your skin barrier can be compromised.

What does a compromised skin barrier look and feel like?

Itchiness, eczema flare-ups, acne, and dryness can all be symptoms of a weakened or damaged skin barrier. And, if you have sensitive skin, you could already be more prone to these things.

How to take care of your skin barrier

Avoid anything harsh. This includes excessive sun, hot water, and skincare ingredients. It's time to keep things simple. Lose any actives like retinoids or lactic acid for a while and stick to gentle cleansers, ceramide-rich moisturizers, and cool water temps.

As always, continue to give your skin the best chance by using SPF, not smoking, and staying hydrated!

Don’t worry, you can still fight flakes and acne with our Scrubbers!

Our Face Scrubber provides a light exfoliation while simultaneously cleansing and preventing acne—all gentle enough to keep your skin barrier healthy!


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