How can the skin’s barrier get damaged or impaired?
There can be a number of factors involved in why the barrier gets damaged or impaired.
- Skin Type - if you have naturally sensitive skin, you may have a naturally weakened lipid barrier. Equally, if you have dry skin, you may naturally not produce enough sebum, which is a source of lipids to make up the barrier. This leads to flaky, dry patches as the cells in the barrier have nothing to hold them together.
- Age - as you age your skin naturally changes. Your cell renewal slows down and this can have an effect on the lipid barrier.
- Environmental Factors - when your skin is exposed to extreme temperatures and excessive sun exposure this can cause a weakening of the lipid barrier.
- Using too many or too harsh products - this can be an issue particularly for those of us with oily skin. Using harsh skincare products, or oversuing products like exfoliators or cleansers, can not only strip the skin of excess oil but can also strip the barrier of essential lipids, leading to barrier damage.