Sensitive VS. Sensitised…

It is becoming more and more common for people to feel they have “sensitive” skin. They have symptoms of prickly, itchy, tight, red, blotchy and dry areas on their skin and this scares them away from using quality skincare in case they get a reaction.

This is so sad for your therapists because there is so much to offer and you as a client can gain so much from your skincare and skin treatments but it’s all about education!

There is in fact a difference between sensitive skin and sensitised skin! A true sensitive skin condition is caused by a genetic predisposition. They usually have a fairer, thinner skin; suffer from allergies and skin diseases such as rosacea, psoriasis and eczema.

Sensitised skin is a reflection of your environment, lifestyle and physiology. Stress, hormones, climate, pollution, cosmetics, medical procedures and lifestyle factors such as diet, smoking and alcohol can all lead to a sensitised skin. A sensitised skin displays more of a reactive response to these factors which other skins can tolerate. The symptoms can be similar to that of a true sensitive skin with the itching, burning, redness which is an inflammatory response.

Once we figure out what and where your sensitivity is coming from it is much easier to treat! What we want to do is control the inflammation and get the skin healthy again!

Sensitised skins generally have an impaired barrier which is allowing the microbes, pollutants and irritants to get in our skin and cause the inflammation.

Think of a layer in our skin that acts as a shield to protect us, has little holes in it, letting the badies in. We need to repair those holes to strengthen our skin so our ‘shield’ is strong again.

Finding out where the trigger is coming from makes it alot easier! The list can be ridiculously long and alot of lifestyle factors we may have to be willing to sacrifice or find an alternative for. Booking an appointment with your therapist is the best way to figure out a treatment plan and the correct skin care to be using. Your therapist can help you find out what triggers your sensitivity and how to protect your skin from further damage and premature aging!

Once you have repaired your barrier you can then look at treating any other skin concerns you may have and get your skin to a healthy state which leaves you looking fresh, hydrated, even and younger!

Dermalogica Ultracalming range is designed for a sensitized skin that is reactive or recently resurfaced. The products contain UltraCalming™ Complex    which had been researched and developed to treat all the triggers of a sensitized skin and protect and repair it from further damage!