GOAT for Your Skin
Goat milk is uniquely suited to help care for your skin. Gentle but exfoliating, nourishing and moisturizing – it’s a rare “do-it-all”
ingredient that’s healthy for all types of skin.
Goat milk is extremely similar to human milk and notably has the same pH, or acidity, as our skin. That means that when we clean ourselves with goat milk, it doesn’t disturb our skin’s acid mantle, a crucial part of the skin barrier that keeps bad things like bacteria and allergens out and good things like moisture and lipids in.
Many inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne involve a disrupted acid mantle. While you should talk with your dermatologist or physician if you have one of these conditions, goat milk skin care products are gentle and contain fatty acids and other nutrients that can help repair the acid mantle.
Goat milk is rich in lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates and hydrates our skin. Unlike scrubs, which can tear and damage our skin, or harsher alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid, exfoliation with lactic acid is very gentle, sloughing off dead skin cells and clearing pores naturally.
It's no surprise that goat milk is full of nutrients. But the fats in goat milk are especially good at penetrating the skin barrier and delivering those nutrients to the growing skin cells underneath. Along with lactic acid, which stimulates production of ceramides that strengthen our skin barrier, goat milk contains vitamins A and E, probiotics, and selenium.
Vitamin A triggers collagen production and reduces skin inflammation, helping reduce fine lines and calm irritated skin. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and helps minimize UV damage to the skin. And the probiotics and selenium in goat milk help maintain and strengthen the skin barrier and microbiome.
The amino acid proteins and lactic acid in goat milk are natural humectants – substances that attract and retain water, helping our skin cells stay plump and supple. Meanwhile, the fatty acids in goat milk – capric, caprylic, and caproic acids – help seal that moisture in and keep the skin smooth by coating and protecting the skin barrier. This combination action means that washing with goat milk products will leave your skin feeling soft and moist rather than stripped and dry.