Our genetics, biological age and hormones can also affect skin’s pH.
The pH of male and female skin differs slightly. The average pH of male skin is lower due to higher rate of sebum production in male skin.
During the first few weeks of life, a baby’s skin has a higher pH of between 6.5 and 5.5 as its protective acid mantle is not yet fully formed. Read more in baby and children’s skin. As hormones change later in life (for example during puberty, pregnancy and the menopause), the pH of skin can also change. Read more in skin in different ages.
We can help to support skin’s optimum pH with healthy lifestyle choices, a regular skincare routine and by using products that respect skin’s natural pH and maintain its protective barrier. It is also advisable to treat certain areas of the body (such as the hands, armpits and intimate area) with products that are formulated to respect their natural pH. Read more in a daily skincare routine for the face and a routine for the body.
The Eucerin pH5 range – which includes body lotions, creams and cleansers - has been specially formulated to restores skin’s natural defenses and make it more resilient and less sensitive. The unique pH Balance System with Citrate Buffer helps to restore skin’s optimal pH. In the cleansers, it combines with extra mild surfactants to prevent skin from drying out. In the care products, it combines with Dexpanthenol, known for its regenerative properties, to restore skin’s natural pH, make it more resilient and less sensitive, and support long-lasting moisturisation.
All products in the range are clinically and dermatologically proven to be ideal for daily use on dry sensitive and allergy-prone skin.