The Skinny on pH

Do you know what pH stands for?  Why is the pH level important in skin care products? Here is a quick explanation to help you be a savvy skin care shopper.

Those two little letters, pH, stands for “potential hydrogen” and reflects the amount of hydrogen ions in particular solution. More hydrogen ions make a solution more acidic.  Fewer hydrogen ions create an alkaline solution.  The scale for pH level is 0 – 14.  Neutral on the scale is 7.  If a solution is less than 7, it is acidic.  Solutions higher than 7 are alkaline.

Here’s why pH is important in skin care products.  Skin needs to be slightly acidic in order to deal with environmental factors like bacteria and other toxins. Normal skin pH ranges from 4.5-5.5.  The active pH of a product determines its ability to actually penetrate the skin.  A product should be below the pH level of the skin (or less than 4.5) for maximum penetration. If it is not, you may as well be using water.

To be a smart skin care buyer, it is the important to know pH level of the products you are using.  This will help you to determine their effectiveness.  Cleansers should have a pH level higher than 3.5  A cleanser with less than 3.5 will strip your skin and leave it irritated.  The optimum level for AHAs is between 3.5 and 4.  If it is more than 4, an AHA or glycolic solution will do  little to exfoliate or promote cellular renewal.  Products with a pH level of 4 or more act more like a moisturizer.

Those two little letters, pH,  can make a big difference in the effectiveness of a product. To get the best results from your skin care products look for products that are pH balanced.  All Alpha Hydrox skin care products have the proper pH and always have.  Our goal is to make affordable products that really work.  At Alpha Hydrox, we want to help you to get the most from your skin care routine and proper pH is part of what you need to know.

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About Barbara Goldstein

I am the Director of Corporate Communications for Scott's Liquid Gold and Neoteric Cosmetics. I am the third generation to work in this family business founded and based in Denver, CO. We will celebrate our 6oth anniversary in 2011.
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6 Responses to The Skinny on pH

  1. Sally anderson says:

    I’ve read that retinol is important in skin care products along with alpha hydroxy. Why don’t your products include that? Please let me know your answer.

    • Hi Sally! Thanks for your feedback and comment. You are right! Retinol can be a very important part of an effective anti-aging skin care routine. We do make a retinol product called Retinol ResQ. It is one of the best retinol products and certainly one of the most affordable available. The only reason we did not include retinol or Vitamin A products in this list is that many people are not able to use them. Almost everyone can use AHA products even if they use them only a few times a week. Flaking, peeling, allergic reactions and redness are just some of the possible problems associated with retinol. It is also important to know that retinol should be used only at night and a sunscreen should be worn everyday when using retinol. It is a great skin care ingredient if you can use it but not everyone can. Thanks for asking and for checking with us!

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