Sensitivity

More than half the population in America claims to have sensitive skin and other first world countries show similar statistics. In our view, this is an indictment on the products that they are using and shows that there is a systemic degradation in skin condition.

If you do react to a product you should look carefully at the ingredients list to figure out what caused the reaction. Eliminate any sprays you might be using, including perfumes, cleaning sprays, hair sprays, etc. Consider that the reaction may be to your shampoo, conditioner or detergent. It is worth looking at your fabric softener as well.

Diagnostic Clues
  • Skin shows a sustained reddening after applying the sensitizing product
  • Tendency to flush
  • Easily aggressed or sensitised when placed under stress
  • May mark and scar easily
    Possible Causes

    Here are some of the factors that may be contributing to skin reactions

    • Over-cleansing and sterilisation with anti-microbial products
    • Disturbance in skin microflora
    • Skin’s immune system in a hyperactive state
    • Barrier function of the skin is impaired
    • Allergy to individual ingredients
    • Genetic factors
    • Essential fatty acid deficiency from a ‘fat free diet’
    • Smoking cigarettes
    • Excessive UV exposure
    • Menopause or hormonal imbalance
    • Topical application of Vitamin A and its derivatives
      Lifestyle Considerations

      Here are some suggestions on lifestyle changes that should have a balancing effect on your skin

      • Avoid abrasive exfoliants
      • Use non-drying masks
      • Avoid excessively hot baths or showers and apply moisturiser immediately after washing
      • Seek mild sun exposure on a large part of your body at least once a week. Cover sensitive skin with physical sun protection – that means cover up or use a mineral sun block
      • Take an omega-3 supplement with at least 400 mg of long chain omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA). Make sure that you are not allergic to fish oil – the symptoms include facial swelling and a rash
      • Take a good quality ingestible probiotic and apply a probiotic skincare treatment that contains live strains of beneficial microbes to improve the skin barrier
      • pH of ALL products must be in the 4.5 – 5.5 range
      • Avoid excessive coffee and alcohol
      • Avoid dry air-conditioned atmospheres
        Targeted Products

        Sensitive Cleanser

        Cleans gently and effectively.

        Sensitive Serum

        Live probiotics actively shape the skin’s microbiome to be less reactive.

        Eye & Lip Cream

        Calms and nourishes sensitive areas.