What is special about baby skin?
The structure of baby skin is the same as that of adults. The skin layers are just not as pronounced in the baby. Human skin consists of three layers, the hypodermis (fat cells), the dermis (sweat glands, blood vessels) and the epidermis. The epidermis is the actual protective layer.
Your baby's skin is three to five times thinner than an adult's. This means that it is much more susceptible to external stimuli, dries out more quickly and pathogens and bacteria can penetrate more easily.
The optimal pH value of 5.5?
The first layer of the protective mantle (epidermis) of infant skin is the acid mantle, which ideally has a pH of about 5.5.
The acid mantle is an important protection against moisture loss, aggressive external influences and harmful bacteria.
Baby care products should ideally be set to a pH of 5.5 to strengthen the acid mantle and prevent irritation. This slightly acidic pH value is particularly important for sensitive baby skin. It neutralizes alkaline substances (e.g. urine) that constantly come into contact with the skin, especially through the wearing of diapers.
In addition, a pH value of 5.5 prevents the growth of bacteria.
What to look for in baby skincare?
„Less is more" also applies to baby skincare - because they want to be cared for particularly gently.
Basically, baby skincare products should be dermatologically tested and free of parabens, allergens, preservatives, softeners and mineral oils.