I always tell my clients that their skin should be sensitive, as that is a sign of health. Sensitivity is defined as a capability of perceiving with a sense or senses, as well as an ability to be responsive to external conditions or stimulation.
Think about it, harsh ingredients like synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives, as well as excessive exfoliation, extreme temperatures, improper diet and stress can all cause skin sensitivity.
Sensitivity is our skin’s way of communicating that something is out of balance (internally or externally) so that we can make the necessary adjustments and prevent cellular damage.
If your skin is healthy, it will send a message (via breakout, rash, swelling, or redness) to change your action. If your skin is not as healthy – this communication can be blurred or even numbed completely.
If you have scrubbed and peeled and lasered your skin to the point where it feels no pain, your skin is still sensitive, it has just exhausted its methods of communication – waved the white flag of surrender.
Whoops…that cant be good, right?
Your skin can also have allergies to certain ingredients when applied topically. Skin allergies do not necessarily correspond with internal allergies or food allergies, so many clients don’t know they are allergic to an ingredient until they have a reaction.
An allergic reaction usually occurs within about 30-60 seconds. The skin can become itchy, red, inflamed, tiny bumps may even appear looking a bit like a rash.
The best way to prevent severe allergic reaction is to spot test any new product before using: place a small amount of product on your neck, under your ear and wait 60 seconds or so. If your skin starts to become irritated, you may be allergic to one or more ingredient.
Now, remember what I explained earlier about sensitivity? If you choose to use a skin care product that contains harsh or synthetic ingredients and your skin becomes irritated, it may not be an allergic reaction. Chances are, your skin is just reacting to irritating ingredients.
Bottom line, spot test and stay away from harsh and synthetic ingredients such as:
- Sodium Laurel Sulfate
- Dyes / Color
- Large percentages of Hydroquinone
- Butylene Glycol
*For any specific ingredient questions, please send me an email under the ASK function of the web site!
This is another story altogether.
It is defined as a systemic clinical inflammatory disease and needs to be treated medically.
“Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that results in facial flushing, dilated capillaries, acneiform lesions and swelling, among other symptoms.” -Arlene Brownstein, M.S., N.D.
Other symptoms of Rosacea include:
- enlarged pores
- burning or tingling of the skin
- oiliness or dryness
Contrary to the popular name, broken capillaries aren’t really “broken”, they are swollen and made visible due to a thinned dermis.
The capillaries (and redness) that are often seen reflect two coexisting conditions; the skin is attempting to repair itself by increasing blood supply to certain areas, and, over time, the skin thins from the excessive inflammation which results in more capillaries being revealed. – Dr. Ben Johnson, Osmosis Skincare
The best way to fix “broken” capillaries is by eliminating topical and internal inflammation, calming the skin, increasing the healing process and thickening the dermis – through antioxidant supplementation.