Medically reviewed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Julie Jackson.
If you suffer from dermatological issues, balancing your skin’s pH levels might be the key to healthy, beautiful skin.
Whether your complexion is dry, oily, or acne-prone, the expert tips in this article should help you restore skin ph balance naturally.
What Is the Normal pH Balance of Skin?
By measuring pH (which stands for “potential of hydrogen”), you can determine how acidic or alkaline a given substance is. On a scale of 0-14, water has a pH of 7. Therefore, it’s considered “neutral.” Anything below a 7 has greater acidity.. Anything above 7 is considered alkaline.
The general assumption is that skin pH is slightly acidic, falling somewhere between 5-6 on the pH scale. Some recent studies have proposed that the optimal pH level for skin may even be slightly below 5.
Why Is pH-Balanced Skin So Important?
When skin is at an optimal pH level, it has improved barrier function, better moisture retention, and less scaling. A slightly acidic skin pH helps normal (healthy) bacterial flora remain attached to the epidermis.
When the pH of the skin is more alkaline, it can potentially be associated with – and may even cause – the following dermatological conditions: eczema, irritant contact dermatitis, diaper rash, acne, and fungal, yeast, and bacterial infections.
Water Quality Greatly Impacts Your Skin's pH Balance
Your daily shower routine dramatically affects your skin, and one of the biggest culprits for unbalanced skin is the quality of water in your home.
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If your scalp and skin feel dry no matter what type of shampoo and body wash you use, then you might have hard water. Homeowners should consider investing in a water softener. Meanwhile, a shower filter is an excellent and affordable option – especially for renters.
Pro tip: Your local municipality should be able to disclose your water hardness level.
The Best Water for Skin pH
When showering, the best water for skin pH is soft, non-alkaline, and with low mineral content. Because hot water dries out the skin, it’s best to stick with lukewarm water whenever possible.
Finding the Best Products to Balance Skin pH Levels
Cleansers and moisturizers understandably affect your skin's pH levels, and the optimal range for pH-balanced skincare products is between 4 and 6. Unfortunately, typical bar soaps can have a pH as high as 12, and are especially hard on facial skin.
To keep your skin healthy, stick to a pH-balanced soap like Puracy Natural Body Wash, with a pH of between 5 and 6. Formulated with a gentle blend of natural coconut cleansers, clinical-grade moisturizers, and Himalayan pink sea salt, this pH-balanced, hypoallergenic body wash is free from harsh chemicals that could strip your skin's natural oils.
Pro tip: You can quickly determine whether your skincare products are pH-balanced by using simple pH testing strips.
Why a Toner Is Important to Skin
Immediately after cleansing your skin, apply a toner that will help to calibrate your pH. Before applying any skin product read the ingredient list. If alcohol lands high on its list of ingredients, it will likely strip your skin of moisture (rather than nourishing it).
Look for a pH-Balanced Shampoo, Too
Double-check the ingredient list on your hair care products, too. Many cosmetics companies consider sulfates (like sodium lauryl sulfate) to be perfectly fine to use in “natural” shampoo. Since sulfates are alkaline, they can dry out and disrupt your skin's natural pH levels.
Puracy Natural Shampoo utilizes natural, plant-derived botanicals and coconut-based cleansers to gently cleanse the scalp and hair follicles. Be sure to follow with our Natural Conditioner to lock in moisture.
Pro tip: Depending on your hair type and scalp health, it may be better to wash your hair every few days.
Don’t Forget to Lotion up
Within a couple minutes of stepping out of the shower, lock in crucial hydration by applying a nourishing pH-balanced moisturizer.
Restore Your Skin’s pH Balance with Puracy Products
Puracy Body Wash, Natural Shampoo, and Natural Conditioner all fall between 5-6 on the pH scale, while Puracy lotions land between 6-7. Our products have been scientifically formulated to work with your skin’s natural pH levels – all without harsh chemicals and irritants.