Can Washing Your Face Cause Acne?

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Yes or no? Before we can answer, we need to understand what washing your face does. Most people know washing your face takes away makeup and impurities – but – most people don’t know washing your face also changes/teases/raises your skin pH.

pH is a measure of how acidic or how alkaline something is.

Lemons are acidic.

Spinach is alkaline.

Tap water is averagely neutral.

Mixing together liquids which have different pH levels – changes pH.

If you made lemon spinach – yummy!? – the overall pH of your meal would change.

Like adding more and more tap water to lemon juice – it gets less and less lemony, less and less stingy and less and less acidic.

pH is measured on a scale of 0 to 14.

Anything below 7 is acidic. Anything above 7 is alkaline.

Your skin also has a pH.

Psst! Most people think skin pH should be about 5.5.

…but actually published scientific studies are showing natural and therefore healthiest levels of skin pH look set to be significantly lower i.e. below 5.

In fact – an exceptionally healthy skin pH looks likely to be around pH 4 to 4.5.

…and here’s why washing your face has potential to cause acne;

  • Most kinds of soap are high pH aka alkaline
  • Some cleansers can be as alkaline as pH 12 (!)
  • Tap water is about pH 7 and hard water is over pH 8.5


Bottom line: Acne face wash could be raising your skin pH above healthy aka causing you sudden breakouts.


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