Irritation and redness are bad for the skin, not only triggering a hormone response in our bodies, increasing levels of cortisol, which in turn tells the glands in our skin to make more oil (oily skin is more prone to acne and other skin problems), but inflammation also compromises the skin’s repair process and weakens the delicate skin barrier.
Before reaching for harsh treatments, over washing your face, over exfoliating or overdoing the soap, it is absolutely critical to know that the best thing you can do to help heal and rebalance your skin is TO BE GENTLE! Don’t forget, the skin is the largest organ of the body - so we must respect what it naturally does so well; by being kind and using products that protect and feed our skin’s microbiome.
Our skin microbiome houses a whole host of organisms including bacteria. This little ecosystem controls a lot, preventing infection and dehydration, facilitating the penetration of our beauty products and managing the overall health of our skin.
As a fairly hostile environment, with quite an acidic PH, our skin has natural antimicrobial defence mechanisms to protect against bad bacteria. If the balance of good and bad bacteria in our skin’s biome is upset, skin can become fragile and inflamed. Daily hot showers or baths, abrasion and chafing, chlorinated water, or a sugar-heavy diet, not to mention the increase in soap and product usage can all upset the intricate balance of this ecosystem and overly strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to redness, sensitivity and dryness.
Reducing our skin’s good bacteria and compromising this protective barrier means there is no longer a preventative balance in our skin’s microbiome.