Do you ever feel as though your skin reacts to everything?
Do red, irritated patches appear everywhere?
To understand skin irritation, it is important to first understand the anatomy of skin inflammation..
What is inflammation?
Inflammation begins as a response by the body to keep out infection.
When our skin gets damaged, it sets off a number of biological events involving the blood vessels, cells and the immune system.
If a foreign body like pollen impairs the immune system, this creates inflammation referred to as immunogenic inflammation, cells get killed off in the wounded area, and the surrounding cells register this as danger.
In response our immune cells come rushing in, sending out chemical messages that mean danger, this action attracts white blood cells our warrior cells, the primary agents for fighting off intruders.
They put up a great fight, releasing a toxic mixture of hydrogen peroxide and other chemicals to destroy the unwelcome foreign bodies, such as viruses, cellular debris and bacteria.
This process results in the pain, redness, swelling and heat, associated with inflammation.
SO TO RECAP
- Some of the chemicals released by the hero white cells reach all the way to the dermis.
- Once there, they engorge blood vessels creating a histamine action.
- This raises the temperature of the wounded site, killing the invading foreign bodies.
- This in turn creates inflammation, making skin appear sensitized and irritated.
Fortunately after a while, the body does go back to its natural homeostatic state.
The naked truth
Skin can also become inflamed, after it has repeatedly been exposed to UV rays and pollution, which creates tiny micro scars within the skin, this can be caused by even the smallest amount of sunburn.
Even stress can be a contributing factor, which is the first step towards premature ageing.
Fortunately there are some exciting anti-inflammatory ingredients emerging, among them copper peptides and Vitamin C, when these two ingredients are combined, they can make a real difference to the vitality of your skin.
To experience relief from all types of inflammation and sensitivity, I recommend using my SOS ultra-soothing complex, which works to calm and soothe stressed out skin.