What Time Does Your Skin’s Clock Say?
Reading a printed newspaper once in a while can actually be very relaxing, and especially when I find something interesting relating to skincare which I like sharing it with you.
For example, the other day I read in a Sunday newspaper (tovima.gr) an article about our skin’s “clock.”
Like other organs of our body, the skin has its own time for performing different functions.
Sebum’s production, for instance, increases in between 2 and 4 a.m, so that can be one of the reasons why in the morning a lot of us feel desperate to give a good cleanse to our face to remove excess oils.
The ones with combination or oily skin can feel that need much more.
Also, in between 2 and 4 a.m the skin’s pH is more acidic. The pH value our skin should have is 5.5. When it becomes too acidic or too alcaline, it is not good.
Factors that can unbalance our pH value are antibiotics, menstruation, alcohol, dietary habits that are either too acidic or too alcaline as well as skin care products with an unwanted high pH value that remain on the skin causing stress to it and limiting its protection ability.
The fact that our skin becomes more acidic during the night is not something to worry about. Still, when our skin is overly acidic, it is not a good sign since the result can be angry breakouts.
Something else I read and it is worthwhile mentioning is that in the case of psoriasis, increased inflammation is traced during the night compared to the morning hours.
Also, even is some kinds of dermatitis the itchiness becomes more intense in the evening hours which can even disrupt night sleep.
According to the article, the reason for that is the increase of histamine during night hours. Histamine is a compound which cells release when allergic or inflammation signs appear.
Knowing the time that the different functions of our body organs take place will help experts to create more effective medicine with less toxicity which we will take in minimized dosages.
The old time saying that “there is a right moment for everything” applies also in this case of using medicine more effectively by getting it at the right time.
In conclusion, the above rule can be followed in all health conditions including skin care and, according to the article, there is still long way to go until “chronotherapy”, as it is called, is fully developed and used.