A Guide To Restoring Your Skin Barrier

A Guide To Restoring Your Skin Barrier

Have you ever wondered whether the reason for your acne or skin texture was because of your damaged skin barrier?

As much as we may enjoy using an active such as salicylic acid or lactic acid to assist with our problematic skin, it may just as well be the reason for our acne.

Your skin is your largest organ, and it is what keeps you protected from harsh pollutants, but when the one thing that keeps you protected is damaged, there is not much that it can protect you from.

Some key things to look out for when assessing whether your skin barrier is damaged are [1]:

  • Acne;
  • Dry skin;
  • Inflammation and irritation;
  • Itchiness;
  • Rough patches;
  • Stinging, especially when you apply skin care products; and
  • Tenderness or sensitivity.

So, we have assessed our skin and have determined that it is damaged, so what can we do to repair it?

Well, first things first, put down the acid!

This is when you want to take the time to ensure you are using gentle products on your skin that are not only nourishing but also hydrating.

Now, restoring your skin barrier will not work overnight. This is a process that can take up to three to four months [1].

We know, we know, but what about our acne?

We won’t lie, you may be tempted to pick up those topical treatments, but you will just need to remain patient to avoid doing more damage.

You may be surprised to note that your acne and irritation may actually go down while repairing your skin damage.

So, what should we do and use to fix our skin?

Damaged Skin Barrier


We all know that double cleansing is great, especially when you wear makeup or sunscreen (which you always should be wearing!). This is where an oil cleanse may be your friend. Rather than going in with a heavy duty cleanser that can be stripping twice, aim to use something that is a bit more gentle on the skin. An oil cleanser is nice as it breaks down the makeup and products from the day, but leaves your skin feeling nourished and hydrated. Then you go in with a regular cleanser to remove anything that may be remaining.

Some of our faves include:

Lotions, Potions, and More!

Now, your post cleansing routine may actually be the most important because this is where you want to apply products that contain those wonderful ingredients that can help with your skin barrier. When selecting products, you want to ensure you use products containing ceramides, oils, hyaluronic acid and glycerin. A bonus ingredient could be squalane as it is already naturally founded in your skin and is wonderful for barrier restoration.

Now, we are not suggesting dowsing your skin in oil, but it is best to be mindful of what is being applied.

You want to keep it short and simple, because the more products you add, the more irritated your skin may become.

So we suggest sticking with a simple routine of: toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can add in an overnight mask to keep in the moisture.

Some products that you can add in:





Repairing Skin Barrier

Patience is key when it comes to repairing your skin barrier. Although the products may be magical, they do truly take time to be effective. Once repaired, you also want to ensure that you continue using those magical ingredients before hopping back into the acids and perhaps cycling them a couple times a week rather than everyday.

[1] How To Tell if Your Skin Barrier Is Damaged and What To Do About It- https://health.clevelandclinic.org/skin-barrier


The information found on Spa 6ix is not intended to be used as medical advice to treat any medical condition in yourself or others, including but not limited to the any patients that you are treating. All posts are to be treated as opinions. We highly recommend consulting your dermatologist before trying any new products or creating a routine to address any skin concerns. The reader of this site acknowledges that they are responsible for their own health decisions. All links provided are affiliate links.

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