Skin barrier – Doktorka Sandra

Skin barrier

Why is it better to use derma cosmetic and why we, dermatologists, follow the rule “less is more”? Experienced dermatologists don’t use every new thing on the market and always stay consistent with the cosmetics they use and why?

The reason behind it is they do know how easy it is to disturb the natural balance of skin and they also know how hard it is to fix this situation once it happens.

What exactly is your skin barrier, what is its purpose and what can cause the damage of skin barrier?

Your skin consists of layers and every one of its layers has its purpose when it comes to protecting human body.

The outside layer, also called stratum corneum, can be described as brick wall. It is built out of skin cells called corneocytes that are connected together by lipids similar to mortar.

In the inside of skin cells or as we called it “bricks” keratin and natural moisturizers can be found. Layer of lipids contains cholesterol, acids and ceramides.

You can be surprised but this thin brick wall is what is actually keeping you alive. Without this layer all variety of toxins and pathogens in your surrounding would be able to penetrate into your skin and cause chaos. On the top of that, without your skin barrier all the water would be able to leave your body and evaporate which would eventually lead to complete dehydration.

What can damage your skin barrier?

If the environment is too moist or too dry. Allergens and irritating substances. Alkalic cleaning products and soaps. Exposure of skin to aggressive chemicals. Over exfoliating and overusing peelings (I have got to mention popular cleaning brushes). Excessive cleaning. Local corticosteroids. Unbalanced psyche.

Genetics can play its part if considering if you will or will not be more likely to get your skin barrier damaged. Next time we will talk about how can you find out if your skin barrier is damaged or not.

Be careful when taking care of your skin, don’t overuse cosmetic products because it can really damage your skin barrier.