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‘Sensitive skin’ is a term used to describe skin that has a reduced tolerance to the application of products.Sensitivity,and the facial rednessitcanleadto,isoftenaresult of an impaired skin barrier but can also be associated with changes in the capillaries caused by sun damage.

The cause

What causes Sensitivity & Facial Redness?

There are many trigger factors that can cause an impaired skin barrier, including:

  • Diet
  • Climatic conditions - heat, cold, low humidity
  • Stress – which impairs lipid bilayer formation
  • Over cleansing and under moisturising
  • Using incorrect skin care products or professional treatments
  • Photoageing
  • Skin disorders or diseases such as Rosacea and Psoriasis

How does an impaired skin barrier cause redness?

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  1. Lipids in the skin barrier are disrupted by one of the above factors.
  2. The barrier integrity is compromised enabling irritants to penetrate.
  3. Penetrants interact with epidermal cells, causing an inflammatory response.
  4. The inflammation leads to vasodilation (expansion of the blood vessels), leading to redness/ Erythema, often accompanied by a stinging sensation and sometimes swelling.

Howdoesphotoageingleadto redness?

  • Free radicals damage from the sun thins the skin making it easier to see the underlying blood vessels.
  • The sun injures the skin stimulates natural wound healing. This process triggers the development of more blood vessels, which also contributes to redness.
  • The sun also causes new and existing blood vessels to become twisted and dilated leading to more redness.

Photoaged skin

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  1. Hyperpigmentation appears.
  2. Fine lines & wrinkles appear.
  3. Dermis becomes thinner and dermal matrix is broken down.
  4. Blood vessels (capillaries) become contorted & enlarged giving the appearance of redness.

The Treatment

How to treat facial redness

  • Protect your skin from sun exposure every day with a UV Protective Moisturiser.
  • Apply topical products that provide lipid barrier support.
  • Book a skin consultation to allow a qualified skin therapist to thoroughly examine your skin and decide on an action plan to treat your sensitive skin without causing further irritation.

Key Ingredients Spotlight

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Ultra Red-Action Moisturiser

Niacinamide and ethyl ascorbate help to minimise visible redness and blotchy skin tone. Vitalhydratorssuch as sodium hyaluronate, sodium PCA and Urea, work with niacinamide (B3), Vitamin E and essential fatty acids to support the skin’s lipid barrier function. 

  • Baseline Redness - Before
    ZoomAfter 1 monthRedness - After
  • Baseline Redness - Before scan
    ZoomAfter 1 monthRedness - After scan

real visible results

Twenty one healthy panelists, aged between 20-60 years old with a mix of dry, combination and normal skin were chosen. They applied the product for two months, every morning and night, to clean and dry skin. All panellists used Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 during the day and didn’t apply any additional treatment products during the trial period. More than 80% experienced a notable decrease in the appearance of facial redness, and improvement in the clarity and texture of their skin. 

Panellist MN is shown here after applying the product for one month. Facial redness decreased by 14% on her forehead and by 7% on her cheeks and nose. The texture of her skin also improved.  

Individual results may vary based on your skin type. 

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Designed for sensitive and redness-prone skin, the Ultra Red-Action Moisturiser can be applied morning and evening to nourish and soothe.

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