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Your skin's pH: What is it and how do you restore its balance?

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Dermavive, Skin Care, Moisturiser, Facial Cleanser, Colloidal Oatmeal, hydrate, dry skin, acne, oily skin

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Most of us know that in order to achieve healthy, strong skin, we need to balance its pH. But do you really understand why? And how? 

Let's take a look. 

Firstly, what is pH?

pH is measured on a scale of 0-14. 0 being very acidic and 14 being very alkaline. For the skin to remain balanced, the skin's pH must stay slightly acidic with a pH of 4.5-5.5.

Alkaline pH:

If your skin is too alkaline, it may feel dry and be more prone to showing signs of premature ageing such as deep wrinkles and UV damage. Often skincare products like soaps and foaming cleansers can raise the skin's pH too high.

Acidic pH:

If your skin's pH levels are too acidic it may feel oily, be prone to breakouts and inflammation. These symptoms can be caused by over-exfoliating, using peels or acid-based cleansers.

Why is it so important?

1. Hydration. When skin is too alkaline it struggles to maintain moisture which leads to dry and tired-looking skin.

2. Ageing: When the skin’s pH is imbalanced the skin becomes stressed. When the skin is stressed it becomes vulnerable to attack from nasties like bacteria and free radicals which can cause inflammation and oxidative stress - skin ageing. 

3. Defence: Balanced pH levels mean common skin stressors, allergens and irritants (ingredients in skin care) are less likely to trigger skin conditions that are instigated or exacerbated by a poor barrier function. 

How do you restore it?

Restoring the skin’s pH is easy. The fastest way to do this is to redesign your skin care regime with pH balanced products only. To bring your skin back to the perfect balance your skincare products should range between 4.5-6 pH. A pH balanced cleanser is the ideal place to start. 

To achieve a slightly acidic pH level of 4.5-5.5, astringents, harsh toners and soaps must be avoided. Soaps for example tend to have a pH (between 8-10) which is far too acidic and can damage the skin. Therefore, a cleansing bar, which is a soap-less soap is best to cleanse while restoring balance to the all important acid mantle. 

  • Soap-less soaps are less alkaline than a regular soap so they are gentle on the skin.
  • Soap-less soaps are formulated with a neutral pH which is far less irritating to sensitive skin types.
  • Soap-less soaps are more nourishing for inflammatory skin conditions such as dry skin, or acne-prone skin, as they do not strip the skin of natural oils like a regular soap. 

    Dermavive cleansing bars are a gentler alternative to removing dirt and excess sebum from the skin while supporting the skin with pH neutral ingredients for optimal skin functioning. 

 

Dermavive Cleansing Bars are pH neutral which support the acid mantle for healthy skin. They do not contain any soap or artificial soap and have both cleansing and antibacterial properties to dissolve dirt, oil, grime and other debris within the skin while maintaining a perfectly balanced acid mantle to encourage harmony within the skin. 

Purchase Dermavive Cleansing Bars here 

 

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What are pores and how to minimise them for a flawless complexion

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Neutriderm, Skin Care, acne, oily skin, pores

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Have you ever looked closely at your pores? These tiny delivery channels are responsible for the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to our skin, yet we rarely pay them the attention they deserve.

 

#1: What is a pore? 

The pore is the tiny opening you can see on the surface of the skin when you look very closely. We have roughly 20,000 pores on our face alone. 

#2: Are all pores created equal? 

Just to get scientific for a moment, pores are in fact hair follicles. Each hair follicle contains a sebaceous gland which secretes oil and sweat onto the skin. If you have noticed that the pores on your forehead and nose appear larger (and are perhaps more prone to blackheads) this is because the sebaceous glands in these areas are larger and therefore deliver more oil onto the skin. 

#3: What causes enlarged pores? 

  • Enlarged pores are often determined by genetics.
  • Blocked pores is the leading contributor which leads to those pesky blackheads.
  • Blackheads occur when sebum becomes trapped within the pore and sits at the opening of the skin without releasing
  • Dirt, make-up and dehydration will exacerbate the appearance of pores.

#4: How can we minimise pore size for good? 

1. Eliminate dirt and bacteria which may lead to blocked or infected pores.

2. By regulating oil production within the skin we can stop the overproduction of oil and may decrease the size of the sebaceous gland and pore.

3. Nourish the skin and allow natural oils to flow - this can support hydration and skin health. Healthy skin means healthy looking pores! 

Neutriderm Oil Regulator Lotion contains the following ingredients to regulate oil to alleviate blockages for optimal pore functioning and size. These ingredients include: 

  • Azelaic Acid 5%: Works to kill blemish-causing bacteria. Azeliac Acid decreases the production of keratin which can lead to the production of Acne. 
  • Salicylic Acid 2%: Encourages dead skin cells to shed effectively unblocking pores and exfoliating the skin. 
  • Chamomile Extract: Delivers calming components to the skin in the way of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits to reduce redness and swelling. 

 

Do you want flawless skin without excess oil and enlarged pores?

Start by using the right ingredients to encourage optimal pore functioning and the results will follow. 

Purchase your Neutriderm Oil Regulator Lotion here. 

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Are you ready to go soap-free? Here's why you should!

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Dermavive, Facial Cleanser, Colloidal Oatmeal, acne, oily skin

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Is your soap drying your skin? Leaving it feeling stripped of its natural oils? This is a common concern of avid soap users, but before you switch your beloved bar of soap for a gel cleanser, there is an alternative - and while it may look and feel like soap, it's actually soap-free! 

 

1. What is a Soap-less Soap? 

A soap-less soap, technically known as a Syndet (which stands for synthetic detergent) and most commonly marketed as a Cleansing Bar, contains no oils or fats - which are known to strip the skin's natural moisture and raise the pH of the skin.

The ingredients used in soap-less soaps however are formulated to bind with dirt within the skin to wash away impurities without removing the skin's natural oils. They do this with a pH balancing formulation which is designed to maintain harmony within the skin. When the skin's acid mantle is regulated with the use of pH balanced skin care, the skin functions at its best. 

It's important to note that the soap industry is unregulated and therefore some Cleansing Bars do in fact contain soap - so always read your labels carefully. 

2. Why is pH vital for skin health? 

The pH of our skin directly impacts the acid mantle. The acid mantle is responsible for protecting our skin against external influences such as bacteria, pollution, allergens and environmental damage such as UV rays. It also counteracts the effects of nasty skin care ingredients. For our skin to remain balanced, the acid mantle will need to remain at a slightly acidic pH level of 4.5-5.5. 

3. Why do Soap-less Soaps make great cleansers? 

Soap-less soaps are gentle on the skin's acid mantle as they are less alkaline than a regular soap. Rather than containing a pH that ranges from 8-10 like a regular soap, soap-less soaps are formulated with a neutral pH which is far less irritating. Not only are soap-less soaps more nourishing for inflammatory skin conditions such as dry skin, or acne-prone skin, they minimise the stripping of the skin's natural oils, therefore causing less disruption to the skin's acid mantle. These products are a gentler alternative to removing dirt and excess sebum from the skin while supporting it with anti-inflammatory ingredients which offer natural cleansing actions called saponins. 

4. Which skin types benefit from a soap-less soap?

Oily Skin: Sebum rich pores require a cleanser that will regulate the overproduction of oil. A soap-free soap can do this without the stripping affects of a regular soap which would generally lead to itching and over-drying. We recommend Dermavive Oily Skin Cleansing Bar to regulate and nourish without stripping those precious oils completely. 

Dry Skin: Moisture-poor skin is prone to flare ups and inflammation. A nourishing pH balanced soap-free cleansing bar can hydrate the skin with its moisture restoring properties as well as cleansing the skin of dirt and bacteria. For long-lasting hydration we recommend Dermavive Dry Skin Cleansing Bar which will restore moisture levels and reduce the common irritations of dry skin instantly. 

Acne & Sensitive Skin: Soap-free cleansing bars are designed specifically for skin's that react to high pH products. Inflammatory skin conditions such as acne generally react to harmful ingredients. For reactive skin conditions we recommend the Dermavive Acne & Sensitive Skin Cleansing Bar. With a colloidal oatmeal base, it will reduce flare ups, maintain moisture levels and fight bacteria. 

 

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Regulate Oily Skin with 3 Key Ingredients

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in acne, oily skin

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Is oily skin getting you down? There's good news and bad news for oily skin sufferers. The good news is that people with oily skin tend to age slower than those with dry skin - hello! 

The bad news is that oily skin can lead to breakouts and acne well into adulthood. That's right, these youthful skin traits are not exactly the kind you want following you into your thirties and forties.  

More good news though, there are three key ingredients that work together to control oily skin for good, so let's explore the causes and uncover the solution to your oily skin woes. 

 

What causes oily skin?  

Oily skin occurs when the skin over-produces natural oils and sebum. While we need this vital moisture for healthy skin, when the sebaceous glands go into overdrive, it can cause a long list of problems. Too much sebum can lead to clogged pores and even acne. Most acne sufferers will have an excess of sebum, a thick waxy substance which clogs their pores. As the pores clog, the sebum beneath the surface struggles to push through which leads to blocked pores, breakouts and painful cysts. 

Signs of oily skin include: A shiny complexion, acne, breakouts, blind pimples, uneven skin tone, and dull skin tone

 

The key ingredients to regulate oil flow 

1. Azelaic Acid

A naturally occurring acid, Azelaic acid is known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. When oily skins lead to pimples, an anti-inflammatory is vital to relieve swelling and redness and to ultimately promote healing. Azelaic Acid is an effective anti-inflammatory which also provides antibacterial properties to clean bacteria from your pores which are known to exacerbate acne and rosacea - another oil related skin disorder. 

2. Salicylic Acid

When the skin over-produces oil and experiences a high skin cell turnover, the layer of dead skin cells further blocks the release of sebum, leading to further breakouts and blockages. Salicylic Acid is used to remove this layer of dead skin cells to allow the skin to continue to release sebum without blockages. When applied to the area affected Salicylic Acid dissolves the top layer of dead skin cells eliminating the acne-causing bacteria and the cause of blocked pores. 

3. Chamomile Extract

Oily skin can often appear inflamed and aggravated. A natural calming ingredient is vital for taking the heat out of the skin and encouraging a healing environment. Chamomile possesses this natural healing property, as well as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties which make it vital for the healing and deterring the return of acne. Chamomile Extract has the ability to reduce skin irritants by neutralising free radicals, making it helpful as a hypoallergenic for sensitive skin types.  

 

To best tackle oily skin concerns, we recommend a product that contains all three of the above ingredients such as Neutriderm Oil Regulator Lotion. This dermatologically endorsed formula will help you regulate the oil production within your skin easily and effectively thanks to its tried and tested formula.  

 

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