BARRIER DYSFUNCTION:
WHEN SKIN’S DEFENSES START TO CRUMBLE

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Sensitive, reactive and all-round grouchy skin often exhibits barrier dysfunction. In other words, skin is not properly protected against the world around it. And that means skin can’t fulfil its role as our first line of defense against the outside world. The more irritated skin becomes, the drier and more exposed it gets. Skin enters a vicious cycle of sensitivity and irritation.

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