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Does the PH of a shower gel affect skin health?

Article source: Jun 24, 2024

When we choose shower gel, we may consider many factors such as its fragrance, the richness of foam, whether the ingredients are natural, etc., but few consumers will pay attention to a very important chemical indicator behind the product-pH value. In fact, the pH value of shower gel is closely related to the health of our skin, and understanding its impact can help us make better skin care choices.

1. PH value and function of skin

The skin is the first line of defense of the human body. With a pH value of approximately 4.5 to 5.5, this thing here has a delightful natural acidic surface layer. It's like a protective shield that comes with a tangy twist, giving it a weakly acidic vibe. This acidic membrane composed of oil secreted by sebaceous glands, sweat, and shed skin cells plays a vital role in maintaining skin health. It can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, protect the skin from environmental pollution and chemical damage, and lock in moisture to maintain the skin's barrier function.

2. The importance of pH value of shower gel

If the pH value of shower gel is close to that of skin, it can maintain the natural acid-base balance of the skin and avoid irritation and dryness. If the pH value of the shower gel is too high (alkaline), it may damage the skin's natural barrier, making the skin more susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections, and also increase the problem of dryness and sensitivity of the skin. Conversely, if the pH value is too low (acidic), it may also cause skin irritation and discomfort.

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3. Shower gel pH value and skin health

Using a shower gel with an unbalanced pH value will have a series of adverse effects on the skin. Long-term use of alkaline shower gels will not only deprive the skin of natural oils on the surface, but may also cause the following problems:

Damage to the skin barrier function: The skin's protective layer will be damaged, allowing more bacteria and toxins to enter the skin.

Moisture loss: The skin's ability to retain moisture decreases, resulting in dryness, roughness, and even peeling.

Increased sensitivity: The skin becomes more sensitive due to weakened barrier function and is easily stimulated by external stimuli.

Inflammation and rash: The possibility of skin inflammation increases, and erythema, itching, or rash appear.

4. How to choose the right shower gel PH value

In order to maintain skin health, it is crucial to choose a shower gel with the right pH value. Here are a few handy tips to keep in mind when you're making use of your purchases:

Check the label: Before buying, carefully read the product's label instructions and give priority to shower gels with a pH value between 4.5 and 6.0.

Understand the ingredients: Some ingredients such as soap base (strong alkalinity) may increase the pH value of the shower gel, while ingredients such as citric acid and lactic acid can help adjust the pH value.

Test: You can use pH test strips to test the shower gel to ensure that its pH value is close to the natural pH value of the skin.

Observe skin reactions: After using a new shower gel, pay attention to the reaction of the skin. If a rash, irritation or other adverse reactions occur, stop using the product and consult a dermatologist.

As consumers become more aware of skin health, more and more manufacturers of toiletries and shower gels have begun to pay attention to the pH value of their products and are committed to developing products that are more in line with the pH value of human skin. Some brands have begun to launch "weakly acidic" mild shower gels, aiming to better coordinate with the natural state of the skin. At the same time, there are also studies exploring the impact of different pH values on the skin microbiome, hoping to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria by adjusting the pH value and further enhance the skin's defense capabilities.

The pH value of shower gel is one of the important factors that determine whether it is skin-friendly. Choosing a shower gel with a pH value close to the natural pH value of the skin can help us maintain the health of the skin and prevent dryness, sensitivity and other skin problems. As consumers, we need to be aware of this and take it into consideration when purchasing so as to provide the best care and protection for the skin in daily life.

As a shower gel factory, we are committed to providing high-quality products and services. We focus on product research and development and innovation, and continuously launch new shower gels to meet the needs and preferences of different groups of people. We strictly control product quality, use high-quality raw materials and strict production processes to ensure that every bottle of perfumed shower gel meets international standards. We also pay attention to environmental protection and sustainable development, and strive to reduce the impact on the environment. Whether it is mass production or customized shower gel, we are able to provide fast and reliable service.

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