The skin barrier is part of your stratum corneum, your top layer of skin, which is made up of Corneocytes and Lipids. The corneocytes are tough skin cells and lipids are fat that work together to keep out unwanted bacteria and keep in what your body needs.
What can cause it to be damaged?
Medical conditions like acne, eczema, rosacea, and more
Using harsh chemicals or soaps
Not using a moisturizer
Some signs that your skin barrier is damaged are acne, dry, scaly, and flaky skin, infection, inflammation, irritation, itchiness, stinging, and tenderness or sensitivity.
How to prevent and heal damage to your skin barrier:
Wash with warm (but not scalding) water
Use a gentle cleanser
Keep skin moisturized
Treat pimples with care
Keep your skin’s pH balanced
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