Signs your skin’s moisture barrier has been damaged and how to fix it.
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Signs your skin’s moisture barrier has been damaged and how to fix it.

If your skin is unusually flaky, inflamed or oily, chances are your skin’s moisture barrier has been damaged (intruder alert!). Due to the absence of the knowledge of what might be causing these skin issues, we often proceed blindly to use more products we probably don’t need (yet) with the hope of tackling these symptoms.

There are several factors that are responsible for sabotaging the great knight “moisture barrier” and knowing these factors can help you better at getting your knight back up.

Read on to learn more on what moisture barrier is all about, what damages it and how to fix it.

what is the moisture barrier?

Your moisture barrier is the skin’s outermost layer. Just like the name implies, it helps to create a protective shield on your skin, preventing bad guys from getting through and keeping the good guys in. Hence, a smooth and shiny skin.

It also ensures your skin maintains an optimal PH balance. And lastly, it helps to keep your skin well moisturized and hydrated.

Signs your moisture barrier has been damaged

An impaired moisture barrier will make your skin vulnerable to several skin concerns. Most of the time, a skin issue is often traced back to a damaged barrier and almost doesn’t get better with your “ten-step” routine until the main issue is addressed. 

An impaired moisture barrier is often caused by too much sun exposure, over exfoliating or using physical scrubs on your face, taking hot showers, environmental factors like humidity, using harsh cleansers or using too many products in your routine. Knowing the actual cause of this impairment will give you a direction on what to fix in your routine as well as other preventive and protective measures to take to make your skin better and healthy.

The following are the common signs and symptoms

  • Dry, tight and dull skin
  • flaky or itchy skin
  • Products stings after application 
  • Breakouts 
  • Sensitivity or irritation 
  • Redness
  • Inflammation 
  • Increased sebum production 


“Products that strengthen your moisture barrier are hydrating and collagen boosting products which includes, Ceramides, Peptides, Hyaluronic acid, Panthenol, Snail mucin, Beta glucan, Occlusives e.g Oils/Vaseline and sun protection” says skincare and beauty influencer Christiana Adama, popularly known as skinbaddie.

If you already have too many products in your routine, I strongly recommend you reduce them to the basics that includes some of the ingredients above.

You can slowly introduce other products like exfoliants and other actives into your routine once your barrier starts to strengthen.

The following are other helpful tips to regain a healthy skin barrier:

  • Use a gentle cleanser 

When repairing your skin barrier, you should go back to the basics of skincare like I said earlier. The basics usually include a cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreens. Sometimes, I add hydrating serums or toners for extra hydration.

When picking a cleanser however, I strongly recommend you use a gentle but effective cleanser. It should not contain actives like retinoids or acids that can cause further irritation.

  • Use hydrating serums

Signs your skin’s moisture barrier has been damaged and how to fix it.

Hydration can help to improve skin barrier function. You can add hydrating serums, essence or toners to your routine for added moisture. Ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acids and snail mucin are great for this purpose.

  • Invest in a barrier repair cream

If your skin barrier is damaged, you should go for moisturizers that have extra hydrating properties. Look for moisturizers with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to restore and maintain the skin barrier. 

  • Avoid taking hot showers 

Honestly, hot showers can be very relaxing. But you just have to let some things go if they’re not too good for you.

Hot showers can dry out the skin and rid it of its natural oils. This can also damage your skin barrier. It is safer to use lukewarm water when cleansing your face or body.

  • Use sun protection 

Signs your skin’s moisture barrier has been damaged and how to fix it.

Constant and prolonged exposure to UVA and UVB rays from the sun can also damage your skin barrier. Using sunscreens, the proper way and re-applying it every two to three hours can protect your skin from the damages caused by the sun.



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