A Sensitive Topic – Sensitive Skin Reactions

Redness, discomfort, dryness, flushing, pain, irritation… These are only some of the symptoms associated with sensitive skin and chronic inflammatory skin disorders such as rosacea.

Most of us have at some point suffered with sensitive skin and it can often be very challenging to distinguish between the many varieties of sensitivity based on their cause. Skin barrier function is a central topic of importance when it comes to discussing sensitivity, and without understanding the various aspects that affect the skin barrier it becomes challenging to address the many symptoms associated with sensitivity.

  • pH imbalances affecting the microbiome negatively and increasing susceptibility to irritants and allergens
  • Rapid trans epidermal water loss
  • High levels of chronic inflammation
  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Pustules and papules associated with rosacea

The most common culprits behind sensitive skin include poor product usage which damages the acid mantle. Many diseases, disorders and medications can also contribute to sensitivity and a chronically damaged barrier becomes allergy prone as well.

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin disease which manifests in many subtypes. The two most common subtypes include:

  1. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea which is characterised by flushing and permanent redness on the central facial area, with dryness and irritation.
  2. Papulopustular rosacea is associated with acne like breakouts coupled with redness, flushing, poor texture and dilated pores.

Rosacea sufferers are typically genetically predisposed and will develop first symptoms during the third and fourth decades of life. It is much more common in fitzpatrick skin types I and II and is associated with many uncomfortable symptoms. Typically the skin goes through periods of remission, and certain lifestyle factors are involved in the periodic “flare ups” that we see with rosacea.

We have a very specific protocol that can be followed to reduce the symptoms of rosacea, and to manage the frequency of flare ups in the skin.

To learn more about the treatment of rosacea and different retail homecare options as well as professional in clinic procedures, register for our upcoming webinar!

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