A Healthy Skin Barrier is Key to Success in Central Oregon


Environmental aggressions can compromise your skin barrier: pollution, allergens, and UV rays can enter the skin, attack, and irritate. Your skin barrier is like a wall that protects you and easily reflects when it is compromised by your lifestyle and where you live. To continue with this metaphor, think of your skin’s walls as a wall of bricks: the mortar is intercellular lipids (fatty acids) and the bricks are the corneocytes (dead protein skin cells). When the skin barrier becomes unstable, the structure is weakened resulting in a reduced skin barrier.

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Compromised skin barrier signs:

  • Dry, flaky and rough to the touch
  • Itchy, irritated, sensitive, and red
  • Tight, taut and uncomfortable

Causes of a compromised skin barrier:

  • A dry environment
  • Hot or cold weather
  • Genetics / Aging
  • Sun exposure – UV
  • Allergens, irritants and pollutants
  • Smoking
  • Hot baths or showers
  • Harsh soaps or detergents
  • Poor skincare
  • Cuts or injuries
  • Eating unhealthy foods
  • Over-washing or exfoliating
  • Steroids
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep

If your skin barrier is compromised, it will allow chemicals to enter your body, and that’s not good! To top it off, the world is dealing with an ongoing pandemic. Sickness and reoccurring sickness seems to be something we have to live with now.


That’s why Anjou went searching for something stronger, something that will bring people’s suffering skin back to life!



The people of Australia know a harsh, dry, sun-driven climate can harm your skin barrier; that’s why Dr. Heber created this line.  The steps taken to repair a compromised barrier included:

  1. Balance the pH of the skin
  2. Treat primary skin concerns with a progressive (not aggressive) approach
  3. Ensure the skin has the proper levels of water (hydration) and oil (moisture)
  4. Protect the skin from environmental stress, fluorescent lighting, and UV rays
  5. Enhance results with professional services to rebuild protein, natural lips, ceramide production and humectants

Our goal is to help you get back to loving your skin! Whatever your concern, Central Oregon exacerbates it with our harsh climate. Kick off an RVR90 (Real Visible Results/90 days) Challenge by visiting Anjou today. Click on “Request Appointment” and book your Ultra Advanced Skincare facial today! You will turn around your skin in no time. 

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