SENSITIVE SKIN / ROSACEA
sensitive - sensitised - compromised barriers - redness & inflammation
Sensitive skin is generally defined as skin that is reactive to external aggressors both in the environment and skincare. The skin’s responses can include redness, dry patches, itching and blemishes,
What causes sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin can be an inherited trait, but the level of skin sensitivity may also change depending on circumstances. Causes of sensitive skin can include , environmental aggressors such as over exposure to the sun, air pollution, changes in temperature and very hot or cold water. Other intrinsic factors include lack of sleep, stress, dehydration and female hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy or the menopause.
How to care for sensitive skin?
Sensitive and reactive skin can be greatly alleviated with a few simple changes. Products which contain strong, irritating ingredients should be avoided. Instead, formulas that have ingredients, which will help calm and soothe the skin should be added to a skincare regimen. Sun protection, with a minimum SPF 30, should be worn daily, even during cloudy weather as sun exposure is a major contributor to skin irritation. Skin should be kept hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and by using a moisturiser appropriate for skin type, as dehydrated and dry skin can also exacerbate skin sensitivity. Additionally, very hot or cold temperatures should be avoided, where possible.
Rosacea is a common, yet poorly understood, disorder of the facial skin. Rosacea unfortunately usually gets worse when left untreated. It typically appears between the ages of 30 and 50 and affects more women than men. Those with fair skin and blue eyes are more likely to have Rosacea than those with dark hair and eyes.
Rosacea is restricted to being a facial skin condition and is not related to a person’s general health. Symptoms emerge slowly, so Rosacea may initially be mistaken for a mild sunburn or windburn, leading to a delay in proper treatment. Rosacea is defined as a vascular disorder that causes the blood vessels to swell in the centre area of the face, and sometimes the forehead and the chin.
The symptoms of Rosacea are:
• Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead
• Small, visible blood vessels on the face
• Bumps or pimples on the face
• Watery or irritated eyes