HOW SENSITISED SKIN COULD BE HARMING YOUR HEALTH, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
Sensitised skin is a common complaint that many consumers have become accustomed to.
Tingles, rashes and itches may cause discomfort, but at the lesser end of the scale, often pass without too much impact on daily life.
You may experience sensitised skin in one or more of the following ways:
- Stinging when you try a new product such as moisturiser or cleanser
- Dry patches that crack in cold weather
- Blotches after makeup removal
- Itchy skin after touching household chemicals
- Painless bumps under the skin
- Tight skin after a shower
- Frequent breakouts
The primary function of the skin’s barrier is to lock naturally-occurring moisture in and keep environmental toxins found in pollution and debris out. If skin is showing signs that it’s sensitised, the barrier function is damaged and is no longer doing its job.
When damaged, the skin barrier is no longer efficient leaving skin dry and flaky, and exposed to all sorts of pollutants which cause the everyday tingling, pain and inflammation.
What causes damage to a skin barrier?
The skin is a resilient organ designed to protect the rest of the body. Damage to the protective layer of skin can occur due to any of the following factors:
- Ongoing use of harsh ingredients such as alcohol
- Ongoing use of occlusive ingredients used to formulate moisturiser that block pores and trap toxins in the skin’s deeper layers
- Ongoing use of synthetic fragrance
- Lifestyle factors such as smoking, excess alcohol consumption and lack of hydration
- Ignoring allergic reactions to skincare products and continuing to apply them
While sensitised skin may be little more than uncomfortable, here’s how putting up with the symptoms could be damaging the cells at a deeper layer and potentially harming your health
1)Sensitised skin may lead to chronic skin complaints
Most, if not all skin complaints may be traced back to a weak or damaged protective layer.
As toxins penetrate the skin, they build up in the cells causing excessive irritation and dryness. Over time, this ongoing sensitivity can lead to chronic skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and rosacea.
2) Sensitised skin may leave the body exposed to environmental pollutants
When the dermal layer is damaged, the skin is no longer able to keep toxins out of the body. The longer the damage exists, the worse it gets increasing exposure to harmful environmental pollutants.
Once chemicals found in car exhausts, chimneys and allergens are trapped in the skin, they can cause inflammation in the body which is the primary cause of all chronic illness such as cancer.
There’s no place for environmental pollutants in the body. Yet, if the skin’s protective layer is damaged, that’s precisely where toxins end up.
Tips to prioritise your health and repair sensitised skin
Reducing sensitivity and improving the function of a damaged barrier layer is a three-pronged approach.
Step one: Prevent further damage
Firstly, stop the damage from getting worse by removing all known irritants, allergens and toxic ingredients including fragrance (synthetic or otherwise) from your skincare routine.
Biologi recommends: Read the ingredients label
Even naturally-derived moisturisers and lotions may be formulated with occlusive ingredients that block pores and can trap toxins in the skin cells causing irritation. Learn how to read ingredients labels so you can make informed choices about what you put on your skin, and therefore expose your system to.
Swap makeup remover for face halos and a mild, naturally-based cleanser. Instead of moisturiser which can block pores, use a water-based active serum that penetrates the skin cells at a deeper layer to promote the body’s natural hydration processes.
Step two: Repair
Next, start to repair the damaged barrier by using a water-based serum with naturally-occurring alpha amino acids that strengthen cells and repair cracks.
Biologi recommends: Bf serum
Tryptophan is a phytonutrient found in finger lime that may repair damaged skin cells at the deeper layer to reduce the symptoms of sensitised cells.
Apply Bf serum daily after cleansing until you’ve used one full bottle, or the signs of sensitised skin have improved.
Step three: Nourish and protect
Finally, build up and strengthen the barrier function to avoid sensitised skin in future.
Biologi recommends: Bd serum
Tartaric acid is a fruit acid which naturally occurs in Davidson plum. The natural nutrient helps strengthen cells, prevents irritation and enhances the barrier that protects against environmental damage.
Anthocyanin and quercetin are active ingredients that work in synergy to restore cells damaged by overexposure to the sun and pollution. The natural nutrients may hydrate skin cells and strengthen the outer barrier providing more protection against toxins and environmental pollutants.
Apply Bd serum daily after cleansing and before sunscreen.
The skin is an excellent messenger and those little irritations that we’ve stopped paying attention to may have a much deeper significance and should cause concern. To find out more about sensitised skin, contact us today for personalised guidance.