pH Control

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Balanced pH is Essential for Skin Health

 

The human body provides its own barrier of protection against disease, environmental irritants and other harmful effects of the outside world with the skin. But the skin’s natural ability to fight infection and environmental stresses is directly affected by its pH level.

 

The pH scale ranges from 1 (most acidic) to 14 (most alkaline), with 7 considered the neutral ground. The skin’s normal range is between 4.0 to 6.5, with 5.5 being the most optimum, so human skin is slightly acidic by nature. The thin, protective layer on the skin’s surface, referred to as the acid mantle, is where the skin’s natural pH level is created when certain elements of the skin and sweat mix.

 

The acid mantle is what enables the skin to maintain its barrier function, keeping unwanted bacteria out and necessary moisture within. When this balance is disrupted, and pH levels fall outside of the normal range, the skin loses its effectiveness to serve as the body’s protective layer.

 

Excessive moisture, vulcanization agents from the glove manufacturing process or other irritants on the skin can all upset the pH balance. When the pH level is changed even slightly from the optimum 5.5 level, skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema and rosacea as well as more common symptoms like redness, itchiness and overall discomfort can occur.

 

Donning a glove that maintains the skin’s natural pH level can help the skin naturally restore and protect itself from potentially harmful effects found in an occlusive environment.