Did you know that your skin has a very fine, slightly acidic film protecting you from bacteria, viruses, and other potential contaminants that might otherwise penetrate the skin?
The acid mantle is a protective film created by a chemical reaction between the:
This thin viscous fluid maintains and protects the overall health of our skin and hair and maintains an acidic PH anywhere between 4.5 and 5.5.
The acid mantle creates an inhospitable environment for external toxins such as viruses, fungal infections, allergens, pollutants, pathogens, and foreign bodies.
Many environmental and hormonal factors can cause a disruption of the acid mantle, which can lead to skin irritations, sensitivities, dermatitis, rashes, acne, and even yeast infections.
*Chronic alkalization can knock the acid mantle out of balance and lead to dermatitis and atopic skin diseases.
It is very important to exercise a skincare regime that is focused on supporting your acid mantle and achieving a balanced PH.
I often say, “It is about getting back to the original you”, and that is creating a skincare routine supportive of the evolutionary mechanisms your body has built to protect your skin from pathogens, fungi, and pollutants.
We choose apple cider vinegar (in dilution) because it is a whole-plant-based natural ingredient that is the same PH as the skin. It also has naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), an ingredient famous for keeping epidermal cells lying tightly upon each other and maintaining radiant skin.
Now, imagine the shingles on this roof are the healthy cells of the dermis tightly sitting next to each other. The acid mantle would be the sealant on the shingles to prevent leaks and damage.
If the shingles are disrupted, your home is more vulnerable to rats, rodents, leaks, and damage. Similarly, if the acid mantle is disrupted younger skin cells are vulnerable to bad bacteria, pathogens, fungal infections, allergens, and pollutants.
A good ph-balancing toner represents regular rooftop maintenance. However, if the shingles have been lifted and damaged for a long time, you may be dealing with a more serious problem. Similarly, if you have a serious skin condition it is important to seek professional medical advice.