A few of the girls at the kaia naturals HQ suffer from acne-prone skin. When they come to me for advice, the first thing I always ask is what kind of cleanser they use. Most of the time, they would be using a foaming cleanser and if formulated with a high pH that leaves their skin feeling squeaky clean… this might be the actual culprit for your breakouts!
Acne-prone skin is more acidic, so consumers tend to gravitate to a cleanser that is foamy and more abrasive.
It’s likely that these types of cleansers are more alkaline and has a high pH. The main problem with using a high pH/alkaline cleanser for a long time is that it will actually start producing more of the acne-causing bacteria called ‘propionibacterium’ because your skin’s natural protective layer, aka the acid mantel, is disrupted.
Therefore, when the girls at the office were using these cleansers, they were unknowingly creating more of a problem, constantly stripping their faces of its natural oils, which led to more irritation and inflammation.