How to Repair Skin Barrier Damage

When I realized I needed to stop focusing on fixing the obvious skin symptoms and start focusing on repairing skin barrier damage, I did a deep dive into the latest research on how the skin works. I discovered that for most of my life, I had followed advice that made the problem worse rather than better.

There is no one quick fix, but by learning how the skin works and how to care for it, we can definitely repair skin barrier damage. Here are the secrets I discovered for getting and keeping healthy skin.

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Skin Care Habits to Leave Behind

We need thick skin, moist skin, and a balanced skin microbiome to get and maintain healthy skin. Below is a list of a few skin care habits and products that can thin or dry the skin or disrupt skin flora.

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Skin Care Habits to Start

If you are trying to repair a damaged skin barrier, or if you just want to protect and future-proof your skin, make these skin care habits a normal part of your personal care routine.

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What are Skin Barrier Repair Products?

Maintaining healthy skin requires repairing its barrier. Harsh skincare products, environment, and genetics can damage it. To restore it, use products with skin food ingredients like ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterol. Learn more.

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What Are the Best Plant Oils for Skin?

Certain plant oils are very useful for repairing and maintaining a healthy skin barrier. But not all plant oils are equally helpful. Before coating our skin, it’s important to choose oils that are non-comedogenic and oils that help restore the skin barrier.

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Can Stress Cause Skin Problems?

Stress can make skin more sensitive, reactive, and prone to various unpleasant conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Stress can also cause the skin to become dry and itchy. Discover ways to reduce stress for better skin.

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A Healthy Skin Diet

Maintaining a healthy skin diet is essential for maintaining healthy skin. The skin cells require essential nutrients to function correctly, regenerate, and repair damage. A good diet will help prevent oxidative damage leading to premature aging, fine lines, wrinkles, and other skin problems. Changing the diet can even help repair skin barrier damage.

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How to Make Oatmeal Paste

If you experience itchy, inflamed skin, try making an easy oatmeal paste to help relieve the itch of diaper rash, shingles, hives, poison ivy, eczema, psoriasis, or bug bites.

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Patch Test Personal Care Products

It’s important to test every new product to ensure that it’s compatible with your skin or your child’s skin. By performing a patch test on a small area of the skin, you can get an idea how the skin will tolerate the product. Here’s how to patch-test personal care products.

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