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  • Does skin really breathe?

    Posted by DaveStone on October 10, 2021 at 5:40 am

    If so, wouldn’t applying an occlusive like petrolatum on the skin “suffocate” it? Does that further explain why women’s skin allegedly ages faster, because the makeup they use stifles respiration?

    Pattsi replied 2 years, 6 months ago 7 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Pharma

    Member
    October 10, 2021 at 9:45 am
    Let’s call it gas exchange. Better occlusives are silicones which allow for gas exchange whilst keeping water in the skin.
    What breathes are for example microbes aka skin flora which can tilt under anaerobic conditions in favour of more prblematic germs.
  • vitalys

    Member
    October 10, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Lively skin cells uses so called cellular respiration via the Citric Acid Cycle (or Krebs cycle). This process completely depends on the blood supply and microcirculation in the dermis, since the oxygen is brought from the blood vessels, not from the air. The better microcirculation defines the better skin condition and function. As @Pharma said, only gas exchange takes place in a contact with the air, but it can not be called “breathing”. 

  • OldPerry

    Member
    October 11, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    The outer layer of skin is dead. It does not breath any more than a pair of leather gloves. No, you can’t suffocate skin.

    I’ve not seen any evidence that women’s skin ages faster. This sounds like a marketing story that helps convince women to buy more products.

  • Bill_Toge

    Member
    October 11, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    not unless you’re an earthworm, an amphibian or a newborn Julia Creek dunnart

  • ngarayeva001

    Member
    October 13, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Perry said:

    The outer layer of skin is dead. It does not breath any more than a pair of leather gloves. No, you can’t suffocate skin.

    I’ve not seen any evidence that women’s skin ages faster. This sounds like a marketing story that helps convince women to buy more products.

    Perry, collagen in men’s skin intersects and men’s skin is thicker. I would think that thicker pair of gloves should last longer but it’s just a guess.

  • vitalys

    Member
    October 14, 2021 at 9:42 am

    @ngarayeva001 This article summarizes sex-related differences in the skin.  

  • OldPerry

    Member
    October 14, 2021 at 11:10 am

    @ngarayeva001 - the glove analogy breaks down because unlike skin, it is not constantly renewed.

    So, it may be true that male and female skin is of different thickness, but the surface is constantly being removed and the lower layer is constantly replaced. In a system like this it is not obvious that thicker is better. 

  • Pattsi

    Member
    October 14, 2021 at 11:48 am

    not sure what men’s skin intersects means, both men and women should look like this.

    for fun reading
    https://www.jcdr.net/article_fulltext.asp?id=9296
    https://www.karger.com/Article/Fulltext/477854
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4038633/

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