Most of the barrier damage comes from stripping your skin of its natural oils with harsh cleansers, acne medication, and acids. Scrubbing too hard, waxing, and using DIY ingredients like lemon and baking soda, and on some skin types, alcohol and fragrance are also common culprits for damage.
Signs of a Damaged Skin Barrier
Disruption in the core functions of the skin barrier can present in a number of ways, including:
- Rosacea and eczema. These conditions are partly caused by a genetic defect in the skin barrier. However, additional outside damage to the skin barrier can cause these conditions to flare up.
- Chronic skin irritation
- Itchy skin
- Dehydrated, dull skin
- Skin infections
- Delayed wound healing
What Can Damage Your Skin Barrier?
In general, life damages the skin barrier.
- UV radiation
- Frequent handwashing
- Use of cleansers that strip the skin barrier of its natural oils
- Overuse of exfoliating acids
- Use of harsh physical exfoliants
- Lack of sleep
- Nutrient-light diet
A combination of avoidable and unavoidable daily habits cause varying degrees of damage to the skin barrier.
How do you fix a damaged skin barrier? Hydrate Continuously. A damaged epidermis requires moisture, so keeping your face and body well hydrated is critical in the fight to restore and maintain a healthy skin barrier. Reach for creams, lotions and serums that contain moisture-binding humectants, such as glycerin, sorbitol, ceramides and hyaluronic acid.
These are the 3 most used products by me when my skin gets damaged:
@cosrx Snail Mucin- this stuff is awesome; it has made a huge difference in my skin. I have oily acne prone skin and this smoothed out my skin, helped with hyperpigmentation and is my saviour when my skin barrier is damaged! I totally recommend this to anyone! ✨
@vegreen_official Cica Serum – this serum contains Centella Asiatica extract to soothe and moisturize sensitive skin. It has a lightweight texture that get’s absorbed into the skin very quickly.
@cerave Hydrating Cream – has a unique formula that provides 24-hour hydration and helps restore the protective skin barrier with 3 essentials ceramides and hyaluronic acid. It has a non-greasy texture and is fast absorbing ideal for sensitive skin on both face and body.
What’s your skin saviours? 🤍