Acne and the compromised skin barrier
Acne vulgaris is a common disorder that mainly affects teenagers, but can also affect older individuals. Oil as an ingredient was once thought to be the cardinal sin of Acne skin care. Oil cleansers, however, are breaking that taboo and for good reason.
Protect and serve
Your skin is the largest organ in the human body. A metabolically active organ which serves as a mechanical barrier to protect the internal structures and organs of the body. The outermost layer of the skin is the called the stratum corneum. The cornified layer is a barrier between the body and the external environment. It prevents the penetration of allergens, pathogens (viruses and bacteria), chemical irritants and UV radiation, and the loss of body fluids. This is the skin's natural protective barrier.
The extracellular lipid matrix in the corneum is mainly composed of ceramides. These ceramides protect the immunologic and homeostasis health of the skin, by keeping out bacteria, allergens, and maintaining optimum moisture levels. Scientific research shows that Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAS) (precursors to ceramides) play a critical role in normal skin function. When there is a deficiency in PUFAS both the function and appearance of the skin is significantly compromised.
A compromised, weak or thin skin barrier plays a major role in many skin issues such as contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, dry skin, aged skin, rosacea, acne and more.
By replacing what is naturally found in the skin it is possible to strengthen, build and repair its barrier function. Once the integrity of the barrier is restored you can leverage the skin's ability to heal itself.