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Know About Your Skin Barrier

Your skin barrier protects your body from free radicals. Harsh environments are often the cause of damage. Keep it protected using oils, ceramides, and more.

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Know About Your Skin Barrier

What is the skin barrier?

Your skin is made up of layers, each of which performs important functions in protecting your body. 

The outermost layer, called the stratum corneum, is often described as a brick wall. It consists of tough skin cells called corneocytes that are bound together by mortar-like lipids. This is your skin barrier. 

Inside the skin cells, or “bricks,” you’ll find keratin and natural moisturizers. The lipid layer contains:

  • Cholesterol 
  • Fatty acids
  • Ceramides

This fantastically thin brick wall is literally keeping you alive. Without it, various harmful environmental toxins and pathogens could penetrate your skin and cause adverse effects inside your body. 

Additionally, without your barrier, the water inside your body would escape and evaporate, leaving you completely dehydrated. 

This is essential for your overall health and needs to be protected to help your body function properly. 

Know About Your Skin Barrier

What damages the skin barrier?

Daily, your skin defends against a barrage of threats, many of which come from outside your body, and a few come from within. 

Some of the external and internal factors that can affect your skin screen include:

  • Too humid or too dry environment
  • Allergens, irritants, and pollutants
  • Too much sun exposure
  • Alkaline detergents and soaps
  • Exposure to harsh chemicals
  • Over exfoliation or over-washing 
  • Steroids
  • Psychological stress
  • Genetic factors that may make you more prone to certain skin conditions like atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.

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Dr. Sayyam Azam is a certified dermatologist who has specialized in Clinical Dermatology (Pakistan) and Aesthetic Medicine (US). During her specialization, she was involved in multiple clinical as well as aesthetic dermatological procedures such as botox, fillers, and chemical peels.  As a licensed dermatologist, she is now running a state-of-the- art Aesthetic Center (The Face Clinic) in Multan, Pakistan.

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