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Some comments about this we saw on the web:* /u/cpol on /r/BurningMan The playa poses a few challenges to taking care of your skin:
#1 - Maintaining the pH balance of your acid mantle Believe it or not, the skin on your face is slightly acidic (pH of about 5.5). This helps protect your skin from acne-causing bacteria. However, playa dust is alkali and can throw your pH off kilter. You know that “squeaky clean” feeling you get after washing with some soaps? Unfortunately that’s your acid mantle being washed away by alkali detergents which leaves your skin more sensitive to all sorts of nasty stuff (bacteria, fungus, pollutants, etc). Thus all the stuff you hear about using a “gentle cleanser” for washing your face. This actually means a pH neutral cleanser.
#2 - Keeping your skin from getting too dry
Another aspect of protecting your acid mantle is to make sure it isn’t too dry (meaning too little oil or water). The structure of your skin’s acid mantle contains fatty lipids which help form this protective barrier. Dry it out and your skin is again vulnerable. For those who say their skin clears up on the playa, I’m guessing these folks may have oily skin so the dry atmosphere may help them balance shit out. Since you are already on a topical solution, I think you’d be especially sensitive to dry skin issues.
#3 - Protecting your skin from the sun Sun damage is real, m’kay? The sun’s rays slow down the production of new skins cells. Age also slows down this process. You know how little kids rarely get scars? That’s because their skin “heals faster” vs. adults, meaning their skin cells regenerate faster. If you are trying to heal acne or some sort of scratch, use sunscreen! You’ll be amazed how much faster your skin starts to look better.
So, what should you do on the playa? I recommend cleaning your face using a cotton pad and a mild organic toner twice a day. The toner removes the playa dust, adds some skin-loving vitamins, and helps the skin from getting dried out. You also need to use sunscreen (ideally a physical formula) so it stays on a good chunk of the day.
TL:DR – clean your face with a cotton pad and a mild toner 2X a day and use sunscreen.
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