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Sensitive Skin/Rosacea

Sensitive skin is a common condition where skin is more prone to reactions such as redness or itching.

What does it mean to have sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin is often easily irritated or reactive to products or ingredients. People who suffer from sensitive skin will often be prone to eczema, rosacea or allergic contact dermatitis.

People who suffer from sensitive skin often experience some or a combination of the following:

  • Itchy skin
  • Red / flushed
  • Stinking/burning skin
  • Dry or flakey skin
  • Wrinkled or tight sensation
  • Peeling
  • Rough/ flakey patches
  • Rough texture

Put simply, the skins sensitivity is caused by a breakdown of your skin’s barrier function or protective barrier. There are many factors that can contribute to a sensitive skin such as, dehydration, external factors like free radicals, skincare and some medications. Sensitive skin is not to be confused with ‘sensitised skin’ which is often temporary and caused by perfumed products or a reaction due to external factors.

Some external factors can be the cause of a compromised barrier function, as  a result this can lead to a term we call transepidermal water loss.

What is transepidermal water loss?
Transepidermal water loss (TEWL) is the amount of water that passively evaporates through the skin to the external environment. This passage is due to the water vapor pressure gradient on both sides of the skin barrier and is used to characterize skin barrier function. Most importantly, how do we stop it? Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are the answer, regardless of your skin concern if you suffer from sensitivity your skin will be impossible to treat if your barrier function is impaired. Essential fatty acids support the skin by building a healthy barrier function. This allows your skin to effectively absorb active ingredients without the stinging or redness.

The importance of diet/ cosmeceutical skincare
As we know diet has a massive impact on our skin’s health. Here are some tips for your diet to assist with sensitive skin,

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit caffeine consumption
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Take an EFA
  • Avoid Triggering agents
  • Use a cosmeceutical skin product

Cosmeceutical vs cosmetic?
Did you know that there is a reason we recommend a cosmeceutical? Think of your skin cells like bricks, a cosmetic only sits of the surface of the bricks unable to penetrate your skins surface and only maintaining your skin health. Whereas a cosmeceutical works through the mortar of bricks penetrating the dermal layer of your skin, enabling skin cell structure change. This means as the skin cells turnover, the fresh healthy cells move to the surface, leaving you with a changed cell structure and changes in your concerns.

Skin treatments that can help

LED Light Therapy
- Light Emitting Diode will specifically target your inflammation as it promotes healing while reducing redness and sensitivity. The power of Light Therapy to calm and heal the skin teamed with gentle exfoliation and hydrating serums will support a compromised barrier function.

Sensitivity Facial- A gentle and rebuilding facial introducing the skin to ingredients that will calm, repair and restore.

Complete Express Facial- A 30 minute facial and a great introduction to professional products to begin the journey to a healthier skin

Unsure which treatment is best for you? Why not book in for a FREE consultation with one of our Skin Therapists and have them answer any questions you might have.

Elise has been in the beauty industry for 10yrs.  She is a passionate brow tattoo artist and loves educating clients on their skin.The best part about her job is she loves seeing clients confidence grow after visiting the salon. In her free time she teaches karate and loves to spend time with her family.  

Elise M
Senior Beauty Therapist
Complete Skin & Beauty Albany Creek