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Inside the Barrier: Is your Skin Barrier Damaged and How to Repair It

New skincare trends come and go on social media almost every single day. With so many new products hitting the market, many people have started overdoing it when it comes to skincare. Sometimes, less is more when it comes to skincare, and you could be damaging your skin barrier more than helping it. We’re going to break down everything you need to know about damaged skin barriers and how to reverse it so you achieve your happiest, healthiest skin.

What Is the Skin Barrier?

Also known as the Epidermis, the skin barrier is the outermost layer of your skin. It’s there to protect your skin from harmful outside factors like environmental stressors, dirt, and oils. Healing your skin starts with a healthy, nourished skin barrier. It’s harder to fix skin conditions like acne, Eczema, or Rosacea if your skin barrier’s health is compromised. Luckily, there are ways to repair that damage.

Signs You Have a Damaged Skin Barrier

The first step to healing your skin barrier is deciding whether or not it’s even damaged and how it became compromised in the first place. If you experience dryness, redness, itchiness, irritation, or inflammation, your skin barrier probably needs some love. You may also notice signs of premature aging, cystic acne, or breakouts.

How Do You Repair Your Skin Barrier?

Once you’ve found the root cause of your damaged skin barrier, it’s time to actually take steps to repair it. The first and most important tip is to hydrate your skin as much as possible. If you’ve been using numerous active ingredients in your skincare routine like Benzoyl Peroxide, exfoliating acids like AHAs and BHAs, or Retinoids, you may have actually been irritating and drying out your skin.

To avoid over-using active skincare ingredients, introduce Dr. Whitney Bowe’s method of cycling your skincare products to ensure your skin gets at least a day or two of rest and hydration. Layer on those serums, facial oils, and moisturizers at least one to two days per week, and avoid using harsh products that may strip your skin of its natural oils. Our go-to products on the recovery days of our skin cycling routine are Stripped Beauty’s Fountain of Youth Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Neptune Face Cream, and Glow-To Facial Oil. These three products work like magic together to deliver intense hydration to your skin and lock it in.

If your skin barrier is damaged, you could be using too many products. Despite what you may hear on social media, you don’t need a ten-step skincare routine to achieve healthy skin. Strip your skincare routine back down to the basics, at least for a while, and stick to a gentle cleanser, serum, and moisturizer. Slowly reintroduce those active ingredients once the signs of a damaged skin barrier dissipate.

Sun damage is one of the main causes of a compromised skin barrier. Sun damage can lead to premature aging, redness, and dryness. Make sure you’re wearing an SPF 365 days a year, rain or shine.

It is vital to listen to your skin and ensure you’re nourishing it to avoid a damaged skin barrier. Choosing to strip back your skincare routine can help your skin to breathe and heal so you can achieve your happiest, healthiest skin. When all else fails, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

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