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What is sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin is a broad term ranging from easily irritated skin to conditions such as eczema and skin diseases such as rosacea.

Sensitive skin also experiences a cascade of free radical activity that causes skin-destructive enzymes to form. These enzymes attack the skin’s integrity, leading to premature aging in the form of wrinkles and loss of elasticity.

What causes sensitive skin?

Our skin is the largest organ in the human body and has a remarkable capacity to act as a barrier to the environment.

With sensitive skin, genetics can be to blame while external factors can also cause skin to be sensitive and trigger sensitive skin. External factors include:

  • Skin treatments: Over-aggressive chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, Micro-needling, Granular scrubs, Vacuum suctions, Mechanical brushing

  • Extreme temperatures

  • Microbes

  • Alcohol

  • Dairy

  • Chemicals

  • Soaps

  • Allergens

  • Dyes

  • Perfumes

  • Sunscreens

  • UV Light/Sunlight

  • Smoking

  • Airborne debris

  • Pollution

Treatments for Sensitive Skin

Facials for sensitive skin use gentle procedures and hypoallergenic organic products that are appropriate for irritation-prone skin.

Facials for sensitive skin can improve complexion, reduce inflammation and boost the skin’s immunity which will help prevent future irritations. For a sensitive skin facial, expect gentle touch and products with soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, natural fruits and plant elements and sea-derived extracts to be used. Light enzyme peels may be used to exfoliate, followed by a soothing Omega 3 serum and mask. Many sensitive skin facials conclude with a moisturizer formulated to reduce redness and calm inflammation. Because the skin is so sensitive, aesthetician may avoid doing any extractions or chemical peel. Sensitive skin facial treatments require a personalized approach, so clients should consult with their aesthetician ahead of time about concerns.

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