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How to fix damaged skin barrier

Updated: Mar 31, 2021

With all skincare products out there claim to help and nourish our skin with amazing beneficial ingredients, they all act first on our very important layer of the skin which is "skin barrier". What is skin barrier exactly? What is its purpose and what are the causes that damage our skin barrier?


Your skin barrier is the outermost layer of your skin that is made up of skin cells called corneocytes. Those skin cells are bound together by lipids that contains cholesterol, fatty acids, and ceramides.


Healthy skin barrier can maintain hydration and allows skin to perform its best while damaged skin barrier loses hydration, feels itchy, red, inflamed, bacterias as well as irritants can easily get into the skin and attack its health.


Some of the external and internal conditions that can affect your skin barrier include:

- 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 - Over-exfoliation or over-washing - Steroids - Psychological distress - Genetic factors that may make you more prone to certain skin conditions like atopic dermatitis and psoriasis (source: healthline)


How can you tell if your skin barrier is damaged?

When your skin barrier isn’t functioning properly, you may be more prone to developing the following skin symptoms and conditions:

  • dry, scaly skin

  • itchiness

  • rough or discolored patches

  • acne

  • sensitive or inflamed areas

  • bacterial, viral, or fungal skin infections (source: healthline)


To restore damaged skin barrier, below are some tips you can follow:

  1. Minimize your skincare routine to a few products such as gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen

  2. Take a break from exfoliation for a while (2-4 weeks) to focus on building hydrations and nourishing the skin

  3. Do not use any kind of physical scrub to scrub your face or any chemical exfoliant

  4. Make sure to get rid of mixed lotions or products with unclassified ingredient lists

  5. Choose products with ingredients like ceramides, Hyaluronic acid, centella asiatica, allantoin, panthenol, and oat for they help with repairing skin barrier back to healthier state

  6. Take a break from other active ingredients such as Vitamin C, Retinol or Vitamin A, AHA, BHA etc for your skin might be too weak to handle those

  7. Always moisturizer and apply spf generously

  8. Add some fatty acids and oil such as jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil, camellia oil, rosehip oil, argan to boost fatty acid level


Always remember that less is more when it comes to irritated and sensitive skin. Do not stress yourself too much if your skin barrier is damaged because remember that it's not permanent and can be fixed with patience and a little knowledge of skincare and ingredients. Once your skin barrier is getting better, you can include active ingredients gradually into your routine one by one slowly. Skincare and take care!



Khmer translation below:


មកទៀតហេីយ​ ថ្ងៃនេះ topic សំខាន់: “Skin Barrier របាំងការពារស្បែក” ខាងស្តាំគឺជារបាំងការពារស្បែកនៅពេលដែលខូចខាត​ ខាងឆ្វេងគឺជារបាំងការពារស្បែកដែលរឹងមាំ មានសុខភាពល្អ


របាំងការពារស្បែកសំខាន់ណាស់ក្នុងការកំណត់សុខភាពស្បែកមុខរបស់យេីងម្នាក់ៗ​ ដូចនេះយេីងត្រូវចេះថែរក្សាវាអោយបានល្អ​ ដូចជា​ - ប្រេីផលិតផលដែលមានរូបមន្តគ្រឿងផ្សំត្រឹមត្រូវ​ និងចេះស្គាល់គ្រឿងផ្សំទាំងនុះខ្លះៗ - កុំប្រេីផលិតផលលាយមិនមានប្រភពច្បាស់លាស់និងមានជាតិកាត់ដូចជា steroid & mercury - កុំជម្រុសកោសិកាជ្រុលជាមួយស្ក្រាប់ - កុំជម្រុសកោសិកាជ្រុលជាមួយ AHA, BHA - លាបឡេចិញ្ចឹម​ និងឡេការពារកម្តថ្ងៃអោយបានល្អ នៅពេលរបាំងការពារស្បែកខូចខាតហេីយត្រូវតែ​ - កាត់បន្ថយជំហ៊ានលាបមុខបណ្តោះអាសន្នអោយនៅសល់3មុខអីបានហេីយគឺហ្វមស្រាល​ ឡេសំណេីម​ និងឡេការពារកម្តៅថ្ងៃ - ផ្អាកជម្រុសកោសិកាសិន - ជ្រេីសយកផលិតផលមានគ្រឿងផ្សំដូចជា ceramides, Hyaluronic acid, centella asiatica, allantoin, panthenol, oat ល​ ដែលសារធាតុទាំងនុះជួយពង្រឹងសុខភាពរបាំងការពារស្បែកអ្នកឡេីងមកវិញ - កាត់បន្ថយសារធាតុសកម្មក្នុងផលិតផលលាបមុខអ្នកបណ្តោះអាសន្នសិន​ ព្រោះស្បែកកំពុងខ្សោយ​ មិនអាចទ្រទ្រង់បាន។ សារធាតសកម្មមានដូចជា Vitamin C, Vitamin A: retinol, AHA, BHA ល

របាំងការពារស្បែកយេីងនឹងប្រសេីរឡេីងមកវិញបេីយេីងអនុវត្តបានចំនុចខាងលេី​ ហេីយយេីងអាចបញ្ចូលសារធាតុសកម្មមកតាមក្រោយបានម្តងបន្តិចៗ​ សន្សឹមៗ​ និងម្តងមួយមុខៗឡេីងវិញបាន។

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