Do you suffer from any of the following?
- Itchy skin
- Chapped, red skin
These are all signs, your skins lipid barrier is undermined.
In order to treat unhealthy skin effectively, it is important to have an understanding, of what is going on under our skin.
The Protective Barrier
Your barrier is made up of lipids, complex fatty components such as ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids.
This complex layer of materials contains inter-cellular lipids, that prevent foreign bodies and irritants from entering.
It also protects against water loss and dehydration, I refer to it as a fort wall, a beautiful protective barrier.
Journeying under our skin
Although we have this barrier, harmful bacteria and viruses can still get under our skin.
Imagine that your cells are like bricks in a wall and there is cement that holds these bricks together.
Well in the same way cement fills spaces between bricks, your skin has oils or lipids that fill the gaps between the skins cells, preventing foreign bodies from slipping through.
If you’ve DROPPED LEMON on a CUT you’ll know that feeling all to well, this is because the inter-cellular matrix has become impaired.
And this is exactly what happens when your skin becomes dry or chapped, lost lipids allow easy penetration of foreign bodies, which in turn releases a cascade of inflammation.
Healthy lipid barrier
When our protective barrier is intact our skin is healthy, nothing can invade and penetrate through this protective barrier.
Skin is plump and hydrated because water stays in the tissues, and skin tone and texture is completely free from redness.
An impaired lipid barrier
When the skin’s barrier function becomes impaired it allows penetration of ingredients.
If you think back to that lemon, you can relate to how the citric acid burns the skin when it hits on a nerve ending.
GAPS APPEAR in the DERMIS allowing moisture to escape from the deeper layers, this can cause a whole host of skin conditions and inflammation, causing once healthy cells to become sensitised.
This is why it can be so difficult to treat sensitivity.
The Naked Truth
So the goal is to prevent foreign bodies such as bacteria, allergens and irritants including our lemon juice, from getting under our skin.