The words sensitive skin are regularly slapped on skin care and beauty products as a marketing ploy to appeal to customers that have any kind of skin problem. As a result, sensitive skin is often diminished to a trivial concern, when in fact it can have serious implications for the health of your skin. “Many of my first-time clients with sensitive skin get quite emotional when they start talking about their skin – I don’t think we always realise how sensitivity can impact a person’s quality of our life and emotional well-being,” explains aesthetic therapist, Tracy Cheketri at Aurora Mediacl Aesthetic Centre.
So it’s not something to take likely, but what is it?
Sensitive skin is more of a blanket term for skin that becomes easily irritated and reactive to products, treatments or allergens. If you have sensitive skin then you’ll find that it can easily become irritated by environmental factors such as the sun, wind, heat or cold. Things such as fabrics, dust, lotions and perfumes can also trigger a reaction. Usually, a reaction shows up as a rash that’s accompanied by stinging, burning, redness and itchiness. Persistent irritation can also cause flaking and scabbing.
A skin reaction can easily be treated with a topical cream but if irritation persists then it might be a sign of something underlying going on. Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and contact dermatitis impact the skin’s healthy barrier function and cause the skin to become more reactive. If skin sensitivity or a reaction continues, it’s advised to make an appointment with a dermatologist to determine the underlying condition.
Wait what’s the skin barrier function?
The skin has several functions but one very important one is its barrier function. This layer in the skin is also referred to as the lipid barrier as it is made up of fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterol. The skin barrier keeps the skin hydrated, moisturised and very important – keeps irritants and chemicals from penetrating the skin. If the skin barrier is unhealthy or in some way compromised this can cause irritation.
Every day we see patients who believe that they can’t enjoy the benefits of aesthetic treatments or active ingredient products because they have sensitive skin. The truth is that if you have sensitive skin, it’s imperative that you make an appointment with Tracy to help resolve the cause of sensitivity. “I start off by doing a thorough skin history and analysis as this gives me a good idea of what’s really going on in the skin. I can pick up underlying concerns such as dehydration and inflammation that clients aren’t always aware of,” she explains. After this, she helps her clients to put together an at-home skin care routine that helps restore the skin’s natural barrier function. “Once the lipid barrier is restored we can start introducing light peels that accelerate cellular turnover which helps to keep the skin barrier healthy and strong – essentially what we’re doing is training your skin to be fit and healthy and this is the cardio part.”
After the skin is accustomed to resurfacing treatments Tracy introduces treatments such as IPL and PRP treatments. “I love these treatments as they go much deeper into the skin where we can create healthy building blocks and minimise any future sensitivity.”
Your overall health also contributes to your skin health. At Aurora Medical Aesthetic Centre we like to pair aesthetic treatments with IV Therapy to get your skin healthy from the inside out. The Rejuvenate Me IV Treatment contains glutathione and Vitamin C, two powerful antioxidants that reduces inflammation and improves your body’s overall reactions to infection or irritation.
For more information regarding sensitive skin or to book a treatment with Tracy, please contact us today.