Sensitive skin affects millions of people and depending on who you ask, its definition can vary. Chantal Ward, RN and Director of Clarity Medspa in Toronto will tell you that a significant portion of her practice is made up of those reporting sensitive skin.
Sensitive skin can include four distinctive types: Acne, Rosacea, Burning & Stinging, and contact dermatitis (allergies and irritants) and these all have one common characteristic: Inflammation.
Rosacea has been classified into four main subtypes according to the symptoms that often occur together. The symptoms of each subtype can range from mild to severe in expression and typically worsen if left untreated. Rosacea is a very diverse condition that can manifest with the symptoms of only one subtype, more than one subtype, or all four. Redness, or erythema, is associated with just about every subtype of rosacea.
Acne in Teens and adults: Dr. Rivers treats a wide range of skin conditions in his daily dermatology practice and based upon experience, he developed Riversol MD as a safe, hypoallergenic skin care line that helps minimize the effects of Acne.
Acne can be effectively treated, although response may very from person to person based on a number of factors, including skin type. Although acne is usually most severe during teenage years, adults are also afflicted.
At Clarity Medspa, they feel the earlier acne is treated the more likely scarring will be minimized, so a proactive approach is important. Modern science has allowed for the development of oral treatments that contain and suppress varying degrees of acne. That said, antibiotic resistance is becoming a global problem and causing a need to revise our approach to acne management.
With this in mind, how individuals care for their skin at home can have an impact on one’s skin.
Dry skin is mainly an inconvenience that leaves one feeling uncomfortable or self-conscious. Although some experience dryness on their body, it is facial dryness that prompts a search for treatment options. Dry skin can appear as:
- Rough Skin
- Scaly Skin
- Itchy Skin
- Chapped Skin
- Red Skin
Causes of Dryness
- Hormonal changes
- Weather Extremes, hot or cold. Low humidity levels can also dry skin out
- Soaps, Cleansers and Detergents can also “strip” the skin of natural occurring moisture
- Unprotected Sun Exposure and use of tanning beds
Managing Sensitive Skin
If you suffer from sensitive skin you already know there a thousands of products claiming to be “the best”. The challenge for consumers is to find products that are best-suited to the individual. Based on medical aesthetic principles, Chantal Ward recommends exploring the following in order to control your situation:
- Live a healthy lifestyle with consideration to a diet that supports bright and healthy skin.
- Use products that do not contain harmful chemicals, known allergens and common irritants.
- When opting for natural ingredients, do your research and look for science that supports claims.
- Avoid unprotected sun exposure.
- Incorporate a routine at home that includes scientifically based hydration.
- Consider seeing a dermatologist or medical aesthetic skin professional to discuss treatment options.
Blackheads also known as comedones typically have a wider opening than normal and will present as “black plugs” in the upper layers of the skin.
Formed by sebum (oil) and skin debris, blackheads occur when oils cannot follow a natural pathway or drain freely to the skins surface, in essence resulting in a back log of debris. Clogged debris, once formed and exposed to air through the follicle opening then oxidizes and turn dark; hence, forming a Blackhead.
If the opening is obstructed and the plug is not exposed to air, there will be no oxidation and instead, a Whitehead forms.
Both whiteheads and blackheads are non-inflammatory acne but do not include the surface swelling and redness caused by overgrowth of local bacteria.