Redness-prone and sensitised skin is a common skin concern faced by many. Overly flushed cheeks and sensitivity can be difficult to manage and can even alter skin texture, leaving a rough and uneven complexion.
The skin’s top layer has a natural protective barrier formed from lipids (oils) and skin cells. Skin cells are packed like bricks with lipids acting as their putty. This helps to stop irritants getting into the skin and also prevents water from escaping. This keeps the complexion healthy and hydrated. When the skin’s barrier is compromised, it allows irritants easy access to the sensitive nerve endings just below the skin’s surface, which can cause inflammation and redness.
Inflammation is the root cause of redness, also known as erythema. Inflammation can be caused by a number of factors. If you have sensitised skin, your redness may be due to environmental factors such as; harsh skin care products, over-exfoliation, pollution, excessive alcohol and prolonged UV exposure.
Sensitive vs. Sensitised
Sensitive - Genetic, Prone to blushing & allergies, less pigment, blood vessels are close to the surface and are easily irritated, difficult to treat but symptoms can be managed with the correct skincare regime.
Sensitised - Caused by environmental factors or lifestyle choices such as pollution, stress, diet, hormones and skincare products. Can be restored by removing irritating factors.
How to Treat Sensitised Skin
Sensitised skin is reacting to something that has changed in your environment or lifestyle. Keep your skincare routine simple and eliminate anything that could be causing irritation. Re-hydration and restoring the skin’s natural barrier is the most important way of treating sensitised skin.
· Calmwise Serum- visibly tones down redness in just 1 month
· Physical Sunscreen- keeps fresh skin protected
How to Treat Sensitive Skin
The symptoms of sensitive skin can be managed by using a specific skincare routine which helps to calm and soothe the complexion. Steer clear of any treatments that may thin out the skin further, such as acids or peels. Instead, focus on hydrating, calming products that do not damage the skin barrier.
· Calmwise Soothing Cleanser- remove the day’'s impurities
· Ultimate Recovery Intense- deeply hydrating and comforting
Contact our skin experts on 1300 AIM WELL to book in a skin consultation and create a treatment plan that is tailored to you. To learn more about pigmentation, head to our next blog post.