What happens when the skin barrier is altered?
When the skin barrier is altered, its cells, or the “building blocks” from which it is made up, become disorganised and are moved about due to excessive growth. They also lack the intercellular “cement” that isolates them from the outside.
This creates instability, causing the vital cells closer to the surface to send a signal to the deeper layers to speed up the creation of new “cells-blocks” in order to protect the surface of the skin.
The deeper cells respond by producing a new barrier in a prompt but random manner, and the structure of the skin’s surface becomes even more irregular and less protective.