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Acid Mantle Cream: Uses, Side effects, and Benefits

Inflammation in your skin?
This could be an indication your acid mantle is impaired.

Is your skin sensitive and easily irritated?

Or maybe breakouts or acne inflammation is a concern?

Do you show signs of premature ageing?

With lines you’ve previously never seen before appearing everywhere?

Then, chances are, your skin looks pretty unhealthy.

And we get it; you are so exasperated that you want to throw out all your beauty products and their false promises.

Fortunately, if you follow our advice, you could be on your way to beautifully balanced skin in no time at all.

What Constitutes an Acid Mantle Cream

The Acid Mantles Role

Both sebum and sweat form a film on your skin known as the acid mantle.

This mantle is crucial – the protective film is your skin’s primary defence against bacteria; it’s made up of sweat, sebaceous oil, and epidermal secretions; if it gets knocked out of balance, it becomes permeable to harmful bacteria, harsh ingredients, and pollutants.

This film is slightly acidic and serves many functions.

it acts as an antiseptic, helping to inhibit the growth of bacteria that cannot survive in an acidic environment

it helps prevent toxic components from being absorbed into your skin, buffering the action of acid and alkaline chemicals

it acts as your skin’s primary lubricant, controlling the hydration levels of the outer layer of your epidermis

We have compiled an entire article explaining everything you need to know about your acid mantle, which you can read here.

Still need more answers and want to drill down further on your skin concerns?

This article will help you get to grips with your skin’s barrier function – another reason your skin could be out of whack.

We don’t mean to be showy here, but we cover all your skin concerns.

Getting to Grips With pH

Can we let you into a little beauty secret? pH is one of the most important things you should know about your skin.

The acidity or alkalinity of your skin surface is related to the chemical balance of the hydrolipidic film and is measured by the level of pH (potential hydrogen) present.

On average, your skin’s pH sits around 5.5 – which is slightly acidic – but it can range from 4.5 – 6.5 depending on your skin’s chemistry and the products you use.

There’s a reason for this acidity; it inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria, and when this balance is even slightly off-kilter, believe us when we say it can cause many a beauty woe.

So My Skin is an Acid mantle pH Type thing.

So, let’s dig deeper and examine why your skin’s pH is so important.

If your skin is naturally acidic, ideally, you should apply gentle products consistent with your skin’s natural pH. That makes sense. You don’t want to change the pH because this will disrupt your skin’s protective mantle.

The exception to the rule is when there is a specific treatment objective, such as exfoliating with a hydroxy acid – in this case, an acidic pH is required for the treatment to work.

For instance, an esthetician giving you a chemical peel will always bring your skin’s pH back to normal after the acidic treatment is completed.

Why Avoid High pH

Higher pH ingredients, such as alcohol, certain acids like glycolic, witch hazel, and some surfactants are often referred to as astringents.

They damage your skin because they break down keratin–stripping your acid mantle’s delicate micro-flora, which increases your skin’s permeability.

Manufacturers often use clever marketing claims to say they reduce pore size; this is one marketing claim that is a bugbear of ours.

In reality, these ingredients are causing your skin to swell temporarily, dilating the pore’s size– then your skin is more absorbent and vulnerable to microorganisms.

Repeated use of skin care products that are not correctly pH balanced will create chronic skin conditions, including inflammation, dehydration, eczema, premature ageing, dry, flaky patches, irritation, breakouts and many more severe skin conditions.

From a clinical perspective, we know several skincare products on the market that are pH-inappropriate; whilst we are not in the habit of naming and shaming, we think you would be surprised how many popular brands fall into this category.

Therefore, taking your skincare into your own hands and becoming your label detective is critical.

What is an Acid Mantle Repair Cream?

If you’re a sensitive-skinned guy or gal like many of our clients, we suspect your skin has seen its fair share of frustrating flare-ups.

However, repeated inflammation can affect the health of your skin and, in some cases, cause irreparable damage.

We always advise our clients that inflammation is at the root of premature ageing.

They must implement a good skincare routine with the correct acid mantle cream ingredients to keep inflammation out.

And the first place to start is to keep your acid mantle intact.

Can a Cream Balance My pH?

Whether one cream alone is enough or you need to implement a few new skincare practices and focus on layering depends on the severity of your skin’s impairment; it is an individual skin thing.

Essentially, what we mean by this is how much your skin has been compromised.

What level of inflammation currently exists in your skin? And has your lipid barrier been undermined?

When we address these concerns with our clients, we use a multi-pronged approach that you folks at home may like to consider:

The first step is to bring your pH back into balance; the only way to achieve this is to use gentle, acid mantle cream with minimal additives and fragrance.

Fortify Barrier Repair Cream is the perfect antidote – a nourishing, repairing moisturiser designed to improve your barrier function and gently restore your delicate microflora. It makes the ideal acid mantle cream for eczema.

It is essential to treat your inflammation first, especially if you suffer from acne or any sensitivity, and only then the breakout or condition. You cant work on compromised skin without first repairing the protective barrier and bringing the acid mantle into a state of harmony.

Avoid using high-SPF sunscreens because the higher the SPF, the stronger the chemicals. We appreciate that this is tricky because environmental rays play a big part in inflammation, so wear sunglasses and a hat, and keep your skin well-covered.

Your skincare routine should create an environment where your delicate microflora will flourish again.

You need to strengthen your skin using ingredients like copper peptides, which increase the density of your skin and return it to optimal health, so it’s less likely to suffer from damaging inflammation.

DNA skin shot contains copper peptides and is the next step up, a skin-restorative strengthening treatment that repairs fragile skin and signs of premature ageing.

You may need to focus on barrier repair, especially if your skin is lipid-dry, itchy, or flaky; this can be done by restoring the protective film that coats your skin.

Focus on building your skin’s resistance to pathogens and bacteria with an acid mantle repair cream or oil like Xcell skin shot formulated explicitly with skin-identical ingredients to bring your delicate microflora back into balance.

A Quick Tip

Soap usually sits at an alkaline pH of around 8.0-11.0; this is far too alkaline when considering your skin’s pH of about 5.5. So, cleansing your face with body bar soap is a big no-no in our beauty book, which you can read here.

To conclude. The naked truth

So, we now know the importance of the acid mantle to your skin health.

The acid/alkaline balance of your skin’s hydrolipidic film reflects the overall condition of your skin; it is the first line of defence and the primary defence against bacteria.

If your skin is inflamed, prematurely aged, breaking out, dry, or flaky, the delicate microflora is not balanced and healthy.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do and products you can use, which we have discussed above, to bring your skin to balance and harmony.

29 replies on “Acid Mantle Cream: Uses, Side effects, and Benefits”

Hi Samantha,
Overuse of Retin A for 2 months has left my skin a mess. It is dehydrated, looks pockmarked and has lines that were never there before. Would Savior and SOS be good for this? I already use Every lipid serum and an avocado mask. What products would you recommend? TIA

I am receiving chemotherapy and my face skin is extremely sensitive. Someone mentioned to me that Acid Mantle could be good, specially because my skin gets red and itchy. Is any of your products good for me? Thank you

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