Do you have sensitive skin? Then your barriers are down…..

I thought todays topic applicable as this was our topic of discussion in class today.

It never ceases to amaze me when I hear students and clients claiming to really dislike their oily skin, I always ask why is this ? Their response is varied and not usually justified. The oil we secrete has a definitive purpose, and the purpose is not to annoy us, contrary to what most people believe. Our skin secretes sebum to provide a protective barrier against microbial invasion and environmental elements to name a few. When we constantly remove this barrier as we do with harsh cosmetics, or extreme environmental factors, our skin is unable to provide this protection. People with oily skin  are tempted to use cosmetics containing harsh detergent like ingredients and become addicted  to the ‘squeaky clean’ feeling. This feeling is due to the removal of the skin barrier by harsh detergent based cleansers which do not separate between sebum/oil and intercellular lipids and thus damages the barrier function leading to a skin that is sensitive and reactive. Have you ever used a product that has left your skin feeling red,tight and irritated? It is highly likely you have used a product that has removed the skins protective barrier. It has previously been reported that it may take up to 36 hours for the skin to replace the barrier function and restore the skins delicate pH. If you use a harsh product like this long term you are putting  your skin at risk of long term barrier function impairment, a skin that is highly sensitive, reactive and at risk of further damage. I also find these skin conditions are prone to conditions like Rosacea, especially if it is in your family.  Be kind to your skin and embrace your oil by using cosmetics that maintain the surface oil and protective barrier.

Ingredients that assist with the repair of the skins barrier should be considered for a more healthier functioning skin and less sensitive skin:

  • Niacinamide/Vitamin B3
  • Ceramides & Cholesterols
  • Panthenol/Vitamin B5
  • Dimethicone
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Macadamia Oil