The pH-level of your Skin is the most important indicator to find out if you have healthy skin. The pH level of the skin refers to how acidic or alkaline it is. But what is pH and why is it so important?

pH stands for potential Hydrogen and is used to describe the acid-alkaline ratio of a substance, which ranges from 0 to 14, where 0 is the most acidic and 14 is the most alkaline. You can measure the pH-value of your skin with a pH strip. Basically, you can measure anything as long as it contains water.

The Acid Mantle Protects Skin

The combination of sebum and sweat forms a film on top of the Stratum Corneum known as the acid mantle. It is both a physical and chemical barrier that provides a crucial form of protection, the skin’s first defense mechanism. It has been known for about a hundred years that our skin is slightly acidic. Modern measurement methods provide an average pH of 5.5 (Not 7 what most people think!) This is due to natural body acids like for instance sweat.

The importance of acidic properties for our skin surface also appears from the term “protective acid mantle”. It has the task of avoiding harmful microorganisms (such as negative environmental effects) and protecting the skin against infection, irritation, allergies and dehydration. In addition, an intact acid coat also has a natural deodorant effect: the bacterial degradation of sweat components, which causes body odor, is kept low.

The pH of skincare products are extremely important

In a recent study done by 5 students of the Erasmus University (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), the students found out that almost 96% of the skincare product are NOT pH-balanced and almost 85% of these products affect the Acid Mantle short and long term. And there you have it; Your skin’s pH is off balance and more vulnerable for skin infections like for instance break-outs.

Why don’t skincare companies make all their products pH balanced?

It’s not “sexy” to talk about the pH level of your skin and it isn’t a popular subject to talk about because it’s so boring. That’s why most skincare companies don’t educate you about this subject. It even goes beyond “sexiness”. We were advised by our IT-department to don’t talk about pH, because it is a super unpopular “search-word” in Google for instance. So it’s not like skincare companies don’t care about your skin. NO! It’s you; if you don’t care, they don’t care. It’s very simple, a skincare company, like every other company, makes a product that is in demand. And the fact of the matter is, pH-balanced skincare products are low in demand at the moment in Europe, China, and United States. MUDMASKY® (a Dutch company with a stubborn CEO) introduced the world’s first pH-balanced Face Mask back in 2015 which has become the most popular and sold Face Mask in Singapore (in just 1 year) and the Best Rated Face Mask in the United States.

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