What Skin Care Products Do

Many people use skin care products to help their skin, whether it is to get rid of acne, extra oil, because the skin is to dry, to get rid of wrinkles, and any other ski problem you can think of. The real question is, do they all work the way they say they do, or do some of the skin care products cause more problems?

First here is a little about skin care products in general. Most skin care products are designed to rid the skin off oils, sweat, dirt, and sebum. To do this they use something called surfactants. These surfactants work to do this by surrounding the oils and particles. It then works to dissolve them in water so that they can be removed by water running over the face.

The only real problems with the surfactants in the skin care products are that they can have a few potential harmful effects. These include dry skin, after care skin tightness, itching, redness, irritation, and damage to your skins barrier function.

There are many different interactions that skin care products have with the stratum corneum proteins. These proteins are called corneocytes. They are structured matrixes that are made from keratin threads. Most cleaners tend to bind to the proteins which causes them to swell because they over hydrate. Because of the swelling, the ingredients in the skin care products are able to work on the lower levels of the skin. This means that the skin care products are able to work on the nerve endings and the immune system which in turn causes the irritation and itching that many suffer from. After the water has finished evaporating, the skin is generally left much dryer and has a hard time rehydrating because of the damage done to the NMF, or natural moisturizing factor in the stratum corneum.

Though the exact thing that is occurring between skin care products and stratum corneum lipids are not really known, there are a couple of things that have been observed. For one thing, it seems that a few of the surfactants are able to get in between the lipid bilayers which causes both permeability and in some cases the bilayer even suffers from some disruption. Another thing is that surfactants seen in skin care problems are the damage that can actually be done to the structures of the lipids themselves. This can cause a reduction in the amount of lipids in your skin.

If you use skin care products like cleaners you should first apply them to your face, and then take a cool moist washcloth and gently rub in small circles all over your face. You should rinse the cleaner off as soon as possible, then pat your face dry and apply skin care products such as moisturizers to help minimize the negative effects of a cleanser. This will help keep your skin from drying out and avoiding the itching and irritation that often occurs after using cleansers.

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