The section I have cited below is from a study published in 2013 about acne and epidermal barrier disruption. 👇

What does this mean?

Visually, imagine your skin like a leaky bucket:

It's easy to see something is wrong with the bucket to the left.

What's less apparent is the link between skin barrier problems and acne development.

Here are some illustrations to help you visualize what's happening.

If you imagine the left side as your friend's skin, the right side would be yours.

Clearly visible on the right is the compromised protective barrier. 

The skin is basically riddled with microscopic holes.

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Claire Chang says, "Many acne medications can often be drying or irritating, and over-cleansing and over-exfoliating can strip the skin of its natural oils and lead to a compromised skin barrier."

Here’s a few more factors that can affect your skin barrier:

  • an environment that’s either too humid or too dry
  • allergens, irritants, and pollutants
  • too much sun exposure
  • alkaline detergents and soaps
  • exposure to harsh chemicals
  • steroids
  • psychological distress
  • acne itself

Quite a list, as you can see. 

Your skin doesn't stay clear for long because of this very reason.

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