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In 1967, German doctor Heinz Maurer introduced the world to a new cleansing bar after realizing that most people weren’t paying enough attention to the most important part of their skin -- the skin barrier. Skin care would never be the same again. Through extensive research, Dr. Maurer discovered that skin care products with a pH level of 5.5 help support the skin's natural barrier. Part of the function of the natural barrier, also called the acid mantle, is discouraging the growth of bacteria and protecting the skin from outside irritants. In Germany, Dr. Maurer is credited for pioneering the first soap-free bar with pH 5.5--the pH value of healthy skin. The initial Sebamed product was a soap-free cleansing bar which was suitable for cleansing of problematic skin such as rosacea, psoriasis and eczema due to its mild formulation. Today, Sebamed is sold in over 85 countries and has changed the lives of people from all over the world.
Pioneering the solution for pH 5.5
Traditional soap may help clean you, but it may not always agree with you. It has a pH of between 9 to 10 which is too alkaline for sensitive skin. Most consumers aren’t aware that healthy skin has a pH level of 5.5. Typically, they opt for prescription medications to help a skin problem without realizing that proper skin care which supports skin's natural barrier can be important. Sebamed brings that healthy level of pH 5.5 to customers. More than 120 scientific studies have tested the high effectiveness and skin compatibility of all Sebamed products and confirm their skin care competence for sensitive and problematic skin.
Solutions for all skin types
Sebamed brings that healthy level of pH 5.5 to customers. If you’re dealing with rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, acne, sensitive skin, or just looking to maintain healthy skin, Sebamed offers a variety of collections. Each line serves its own purpose and is formulated to the same pH level of 5.5, whether it’s our classic collection for sensitive skin, our baby care, anti-aging, or our acne lines. From hydrating lotions that soothe irritated skin to facial toners that continue a youthful glow, Sebamed has the type of skin care products you are looking for.
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Dr. Maurer wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, and Sebamed has never lost sight of that goal. We’re proud innovators and leaders in research-based skin care, and we’ll keep working to change people’s lives.
The year is 1968. The place is Bonn, Germany. A young dermatologist named Heinz Maurer is in his research lab, smiling at a bar of soap in his hand. But it’s not just any bar of soap. In fact, it’s not soap at all. It’s the world’s first soap-free cleanser.
This little cleansing bar would forever change dermatology, skincare and millions of lives – his included.
Before Dr. Maurer invented soap-free cleansing to meet the unique need of patients with skin disorders, those patients had to make a painful decision: either use soap and suffer irritation, or don’t use soap and sacrifice good hygiene. There was no safe alternative, no effective way to cleanse. But after years of research and dedication, the science had finally spoken. Maurer had finally found a better way.
Heinz ended up discovering the importance of the acid mantle, our skin’s slightly acidic natural barrier. It turns out that this barrier protects us from disease-causing bacteria and pollutants. On the one hand, soap and harsh cleansing products tear down the acid mantle like a building in demolition. On the other, cleansers that are free of soap and matched to the skin’s pH at 5.5 actually reinforce it. He saw skin for the structure that it is, innately capable of healing itself when supported by this perfect pH level.
Heinz held up the very first cleansing bar in his lab that day in 1968, realizing that this was the beginning of better living for countless people; aware that this first solution was a gigantic first step in what would become Sebamed.
Decades later, it’s clear that Dr. Maurer’s discovery and consequent invention have met an international need for gentle, science-based solutions. Sebamed now helps millions of people with skin disorders in over 85 countries across the world. Today, we’re inspired to continue inventing groundbreaking collections of sensitive skincare products.
Because we have a passion for bettering the lives of skincare patients. And we know that the science behind our products makes that happen every day. Thanks to Heinz.