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Skincare Basics: Did You Know These Three Myths About pH Levels?

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Often people say that they do not have a good understanding of the rules of skin care. That they do not know what products to use and what to avoid depending on their skin type. But it is important to inform yourself and seek the help of experts. Beauty content creator Soumali Adhikary says indianexpress.com that our skin is naturally acidic, with an average human skin pH of 4.7. “This is why the skin care products we use have a significant impact on the pH levels of our skin.”

He goes on to talk about some myths related to the pH of the skin and counteracts them with simple facts.

Myth 1: it is good to use alkaline products

“You might think that because the natural pH of the skin is between 4.5 and 5.5, which leans more towards the acidic side, it must be good to use alkaline-based products, right? This is one of the most common myths – that using high alkali cosmetic and bath products is good for your skin. But this is not the case, as the pH level of the skin should remain more or less the same. Repeated use of alkaline or high acid products can cause dry, itchy skin on the surface, ”says Adhikary.

However, you should not panic, because the pH levels of the skin return to their original state after a while. The only situation where you should see a dermatologist is if your skin looks unhealthy on the outside – signs of itching, inflammation, cracking, or rough skin, she says, adding that if sensitivity levels have suddenly changed, it’s a sign of pH disturbance. levels.

The only situation where you should see a dermatologist is if your skin looks unhealthy on the outside – signs of itching, inflammation, cracking, or rough skin. (Photo: Getty / Thinkstock)

Myth 2: you should wait before applying skincare products

Another common myth is that of people who deliberately wait for some time after bathing with a heavy alkaline soap, before applying moisturizers or other similar products. “This is due to the fear that they could damage the pH levels of the skin, since they can bind to the alkaline nature of the soap if they are alkaline and the acid nature of the shampoo if the product they are applying is acidic.

“The fact is that the pH level of all water-based solutions remains intact. Also, since most skincare and cosmetic products are also water-based, they will definitely maintain their pH level. The ingredients used to establish the pH range of a product are strong enough to help it maintain the same level, ”he explains.

Myth 3: you should be concerned if the pH of your skin is different from that of your family members

Should this be a concern? Adhikary says the answer lies in the fact that the pH of the skin is a combination of external and internal factors. “This includes age, ethnicity and even the weather. Don’t worry if your skin doesn’t match that or your family members. As long as the pH is between 4.5 and 5.5 on the scale, your skin will be plump, toned and elastic. “

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