May 24, 2021

Why Is Everyone Obsessed with the Skin Barrier?

Is it just us, or does it feel like everyone is talking about their skin barrier lately? Not a day goes by that one of our favorite skinfluencers isn’t posting about the importance of a healthy skin barrier on social media, resulting in what one can only describe as a new wave of stratum corneum (i.e. the technical term for your skin’s moisture barrier) superfans.

But if all of this talk about the all-mighty skin barrier has left you feeling more confused than you did over that whole TikTok-chlorophyll debate, just know that you’re not alone. To help, we tapped two of the industry’s leading board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Whitney Bowe and Dr. Shereene Idriss to help us break down everything you need to know about your skin barrier, from what it does to how to repair and protect it. In a world of polarizing TikTok beauty trends, rest assured, this is one we can all get behind.