Updated: Dec 16, 2021
WHY CLEANSING CORRECTLY IS SO IMPORTANT FOR YOUR SKIN
The first mistake I see in many people's regimens is that they're using the wrong cleanser for their skin type. Your cleansing method sets the stage for the efficacy of other products' penetration and reaction thus, overall effecting the performance of your entire regimen. A facial cleansers purpose is to balance oils and pH of the skin by removing excess sebum made up of oils that have trapped make-up, dirt, debris, and toxin exposure from our day. Note that I said "balance oils" in the previous statement. The oil our skin secretes is present for a reason and supports a healthy microbiome while helping to maintain a strong barrier function, lubricate follicles, trap foreign materials & bacteria from entering our bodies, regulate body temperature, and prevents water loss. If the wrong cleanser is used this can really disrupt your overall skin health leading to a compromised barrier and/or oil imbalance. The symptoms of a compromised barrier are sensitivity, inflammation, & irritation. Disrupting the oil levels can further the imbalance of under or over producing oil. This caution is not just limited to cleansers, it's also very important to recognize the role gut health has on sebum production.
OIL, ACNE, & GUT HEALTH
The misunderstood relationship of acne & oil has destroyed our natural oil's reputation as a valued member of our body's regulating & ventilating systems. Similar to gut imbalances resulting from oral antibiotics, the wrong cleansers can disrupt the skin's microbiome in the same way. Remember that oil secretions SUPPORT the skin. There are good and bad bacteria that live on the skin's surface influenced by our gut health which then influences the health of oils & sebum. When we disrupt that balance of oils and pH with harsh cleansers or poor diet & lifestyle habits we can exacerbate the symptoms of a compromised barrier or oil imbalance as mentioned in the previous section.
OILS & AGING
Oil is made up of triglycerides, squalene, fatty acids, and ceramides. This balanced cocktail is the real OG & MVP of "anti-aging" skin care. That's why you often see these skingredients in anti-aging products!
Dry skin types tend to show more fine lines, wrinkles, or appear older because the skin is lacking this cocktail that protects the skin from TEWL (transepidermal water loss). Mature and/or dry skin types are not only lacking oil but are also losing hyaluronic acid that moistens, plumps, and strengthens the skin. So it's important that your cleanser is supporting hydration and not taking it away.
On the flip side, excess oil can result in thickened or leathery skin with more permanent blemishes like sebaceous hyperplasia which are bumps of trapped oil that are usually flesh colored. This condition usually develops in maturing skin. These are usually addressed by a dermatologist but another example of imbalanced sebum production over time. Gut health and overall health, especially our nervous system, needs to be addressed with oily skin types from a holistic perspective. Using the right cleanser for this type certainly influences balanced oil and sebum health and productivity but so does the health and well-being of the entire body.
As you can see now, the right cleanser and digestive health makes all the difference sometimes! Below are 9 different cleanser types to get familiar with so you can set your skin up for a successful regimen and impress your esthetician! Next months gazette will magnify the digestive systems role in sebum health.
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