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Sensitive Skin SOS: Treatments You Need (And Which To Avoid)

Does having sensitive skin prevent you from trying different treatments? Perhaps you’re unsure of which treatments will be gentle on your skin and which will irritate it. Although some treatments are better suited to different skin types, there are plenty of options for sensitive skin. You can address signs of ageing, rosacea, dryness, and scarring without irritating your skin further. Many of these treatments are non-surgical as well.

If you’re looking for a non-surgical procedure in Toronto that’s safe for your sensitive skin, keep reading.

What’s Causing My Sensitive Skin?

Before you can understand which treatments are safe, you need to understand the cause of your sensitive skin. The term “sensitive skin” covers a handful of symptoms that aren’t mutually exclusive. The main traits of sensitive skin are:

  • Redness and flushing
  • Bumps, pustules, and acne
  • Severe dryness or excessive oil production

You could have one or all of these traits depending on the cause. For some, the skin reacts this way due to an allergy or intolerance. Without knowing it, using products that you’re allergic or even mildly sensitive to can cause your skin to become irritated. Some skin disorders also cause the skin to be sensitive, like rosacea, dermatitis, and eczema. These conditions are often hereditary, and there are treatments available to treat them safely. When your skin is exposed to excessive cold or heat, it can react with sensitivity. Skin sensitivity can be caused by anything from your genes to your environment.
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Sensitivity isn’t unique to any specific group of people. No matter your age, gender, or race, your skin might be vulnerable to one of the causes mentioned above.

You may believe that due to your skin sensitivity, you’re a bad candidate for anti-ageing, scar-removal, or skin-brightening treatments. That simply isn’t true. Here are some amazing treatments you can enjoy, as well as some things to avoid.

    • Oxygen Facials As you age, your skin naturally produces less collagen. Collagen is a protein in the skin that makes it flexible and elastic. In our youth, the high levels of collagen make the skin look plump and tight. In later years, the lack of collagen can lead to sagging and dullness in the skin.

      Enter the oxygen facial. This treatment is amazing for promoting collagen growth. It’s also completely safe for sensitive skin. Through intraceutical technology, oxygen molecules infused with nutrients gently penetrate the outer layer of the skin. This non-surgical treatment is pain-free and non-invasive. It’s been known to help treat acne and severe dryness. The oxygen facial can balance the skin’s pH level and improve hydration. After the treatment, you’ll notice immediate results such as an even skin tone, smaller pores, and decreased fine lines. For a gentle and relaxing treatment, the results are impressive.

    • Photo FacialsDo you suffer from rosacea or pigmentation issues? Perhaps you enjoyed the sun a little too much as a teenager, and now you see the skin damage years later. Whether you have acne scarring, rosacea pigmentation, capillaries, or sun damage, the photo facial is for you. When you get a Photo Facial, Pulsed Light Technology gently pulses over the skin and gets absorbed into the lesions. These lesions can include age spots, sunspots, scarring, and hyperpigmentation. Some spots will fade immediately after treatment; others require more time and multiple sessions.

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      This treatment is non-invasive and gentle on the skin. It’s highly unlikely to irritate sensitive skin or trigger an outbreak. Anyone who’s ever suffered from rosacea knows how strongly it can dampen your confidence. The photo facial could be the life-changing treatment you need to get your confidence back.

    • Isolaz Did you know that 35 percent of women between the ages of 30 and 39 suffer from adult acne? That number is even higher for women in their twenties, and still somewhat prevalent in women over 40. Acne isn’t only an adolescent skin condition. Adult acne causes the skin to feel tender to the touch. The pimples and redness that come with acne cause insecurity and self-esteem issues.

      You may have been told to leave your face alone, and the acne will go away. We know all too well that this advice isn’t accurate. Luckily, there are many treatments available for adult acne.

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One of the best is Isolaz for acne and pore purification. Using broadband light and a skin vacuum, Isolaz treatments kill bacteria and cleanse the pores. The procedure is painless and safe; it won’t trigger sensitive skin or make sensitivity worse. It will, however, leave your skin clearer, smoother, and brighter.

  • Chemical Peels & FacialsYou may see the word “chemical” and think it’ll be too harsh for your sensitive skin. In some cases, this is true. Many of the chemical peels and face masks at the drugstore contain harsh chemicals that can further irritate your skin. That’s why it’s best to see a skin care professional to administer the right peel for you.

    One peel that is particularly beneficial to sensitive skin is WISH Pro Lymph Drainage with Microcurrent and LED. This treatment cleanses the skin’s tissues by bringing fluid to the surface through a patented tapping technology. It’s recommended for people with rosacea, eczema, and overall sensitive skin. Other treatments to consider are sheet masks, pore purification facials, and customizable restorative facials.

Which Treatments Should I Avoid for Sensitive Skin?

It’s crucial to avoid further irritating sensitive skin. Harsh chemicals, rough treatments, and blocked pores can all lead to worsening symptoms. If you’ve recently cleared up your acne, be extra careful with what you introduce into your skincare routine.

To start, be wary of store-bought exfoliators. Many contain abrasive particles that can damage your skin and cause infection. Exfoliation is an integral part of facial cleansing, but it’s essential that you use one intended for sensitive skin. You should also avoid products that contain fragrances. Although they smell nice, these added chemicals can seriously anger the skin and cause acne, dryness, and stinging.

You might also experience dryness and stinging when you use alcohol-based products, so it’s best to avoid them as well.

Consult with your facial technician about which skincare products are right for you.

The kinder you are to your skin, the healthier it will be.

The general rule of thumb for sensitive skin is to be gentle, consistent, and kind. Use products that don’t irritate your skin. Implement a consistent skincare routine that consists of cleansing, sun protection, and hydration. Avoid scrubbing your face aggressively or using abrasive exfoliants. Treat your skin with kindness and patience, and it’ll reward you in return.

At Clarity Med Spa, we know how hard managing sensitive skin can be. Whether you have acne or rosacea, finding the right non-surgical treatment in Toronto can seem impossible. Our experienced and specialized technicians can help you find the perfect regimen for your skin’s needs. To make an appointment for your skin-clearing treatment, call us at (416) 960-2222, or email us through our link on the contact page.