6 Steps to Repair Skin Barrier Damage

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A healthy skin barrier is crucial for maintaining the skin’s natural moisture and protecting it from environmental toxins. However, factors like harsh products, extreme temperatures, and underlying medical conditions can disrupt the skin’s protective layer, causing major damage. When this happens, the skin can become dry, inflamed, and sensitive to external irritants.

If your skin feels rough, flaky, or irritated, it’s a sign that your skin barrier is damaged. In this blog post, we’ll explore what the skin barrier is, what causes the damage, and share six proven steps for repairing it. By following these simple steps, you can rejuvenate your skin and restore your natural glow in no time.

Understand Your Skin Barrier

The skin barrier, also known as the acid mantle, is a thin layer of natural oil and sweat that protects the skin from harmful bacteria and environmental pollutants. It also helps to lock in moisture and prevent water loss through the skin. The acidity of the skin barrier helps to keep the skin surface healthy and prevent infections.

Signs of Skin Barrier Damage

Some of the common signs of skin barrier damage include:

  • Dryness
  • Flakiness
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity to outside irritants

You may also experience an increase in fine lines or wrinkles. These symptoms can worsen if you continue to use harsh skincare products or expose your skin to extreme temperatures.

What Damages the Skin Barrier?

Several factors can cause damage to the skin barrier, including exposure to sun damage, using harsh skincare products, and exfoliating too frequently. Additionally, underlying medical conditions like eczema and psoriasis can cause damage to the skin’s protective layer. Extreme temperatures can also disrupt the skin barrier’s natural function.

The 6 Steps for Skin Barrier Repair

Here are six crucial steps to follow to repair your skin barrier:

Use a gentle cleansing routine.

Take a moment to assess your current cleansing routine. Are you using a gentle, moisturizing cleanser that balances your skin’s pH? If not, it’s time for a change. Cheap cleansers can harm your skin by stripping away its natural oils, leaving it tight and dry.

Remember, there is such a thing as too much cleansing. Some social media trends may encourage a full 60-second cleanse, but this can harm your skin’s protective barrier. Instead, opt for a gentle massage with your cleanser, followed by a thorough rinse before continuing with your skincare routine.

Reduce your exfoliation.

Exfoliating too often can harm your skin’s protective layer. Keep an eye out for signs of damage and consider reducing your exfoliation frequency to once a week or every 10 days.

Choose a gentle exfoliating product to avoid causing microtears in your skin. Rough ingredients like nuts and beads can lead to barrier damage and invite bacteria and debris. Opt for exfoliators with gentle acids such as salicylic, malic, and glycolic for a safer and more effective exfoliating experience.

Look for an SPF

When it comes to promoting skin healing, it’s crucial to avoid further harm. Take special precautions to protect your skin during this recovery period. Steer clear of direct sunlight and make use of umbrellas, shade, and clothing to shield your skin from the sun’s rays.

Choose a reliable sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Additionally, incorporating products containing antioxidants, such as our Anbiome Skincare line, into your skincare routine will offer extra defense against UV radiation and pollution.

Discover the perfect healing moisturizer for your skin

Restore moisture to your skin and repair the skin barrier with the right moisturizer. Our recommended No1 Moisturizing cream is specially formulated to nourish and soothe chronically dry skin. Packed with ceramides, plant oils, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories, it deeply hydrates and seals in moisture. Experience the benefits of our exclusive Metabiotics that promote repair and healing, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Say goodbye to irritated skin and hello to a healthier, more radiant complexion.

Take Care of Your Overall Health

Your skin is more than just a superficial layer – it’s a powerhouse that relies on your overall health and wellness. Discover how to unleash its full potential.

If you’ve been feeling run down and exhausted, it’s time to hit the reset button. Revamp your lifestyle habits with simple changes that can make a world of difference. Fuel your body with nourishing foods, establish a consistent sleep schedule, and prioritize daily exercise. Additionally, find a stress-relieving activity that suits you, whether it’s yoga, meditation, journaling, or the therapeutic companionship of a furry friend.

By taking care of yourself, you’re not just improving your mood, but also empowering your skin to repair and flourish. Get ready to reveal a happier, more radiant you.

Be Patient

Repairing the skin barrier can take time, and it’s essential to be patient. Give your skin the time it needs to heal and avoid overloading it with too many skincare products.

Final words on damage repair

The skin barrier is an essential part of our skin’s defense mechanism and acts as a protective shield against the toxins and pollutants of the outside world. If you notice the signs of damage or feel that your skin is lacking its natural glow, it may be time to give it the care and attention it deserves. By following these six simple steps, you can help repair your skin’s barrier and restore its natural function. Remember to always be patient and consistent in your efforts to maintain healthy skin!

About author

Selma Durmo M. Pharm

“As far as I can remember I have always struggled with sensitive skin. The issues culminated in my mid-twenties when I started having rosacea flares and redness. My personal quest for effective, safe solutions took a professional turn, and I was given the opportunity to apply my (Pharma) background in developing a new skin friendly product line. My goal was to create something new, a clinically proven sustainable skincare brand. This science backed probiotic skincare derived technology is a product of years of research and innovation in personal care products. Metabiotics contain naturally produced hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, SMase, lipoteichoic acid, over 40 peptides and enzymes. All assigned with specific tasks for activating the skins native repair mechanisms.” 

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Today’s trends in skincare require the use of synthetic active ingredients which interact with the skin. Our approach is to distinguish natural alternatives, which mimic the skins native repair mechanism and are more efficient and ecologically sound.

Translating solutions from nature into industrial settings is hardly an easy task, but it’s one we enjoy undertaking.

We have screened 500+ different wild probiotic strains from the nature, to find the most powerful ones.

Special fermentation process was developed to harvest powerful molecules (HA, LTA, SMase, LA and 40 peptides).

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