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Anatomy of Sensitive Skin

Anatomy of Sensitive Skin

Is your skin quick to flush? Or on occasion sensitive to touch

Do embarrassing red, patches, and tiny blood vessels appear close to the surface?

Are your cheeks chapped and peeling?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then chances are your suffering from sensitive skin.

Why your skin becomes sensitive

The journal of investigative dermatology, have carried out extensive studies on skin irritations, what they found, was when the surface of our skin gets irritated it activates neuro-peptides; chemicals found within our brain, responsible for regulating our hormonal system.

Some people with sensitive skin have more reactive immune responses, or higher than usual neurological reactivity; when more neuro-active chemicals are released into the ­dermis than usual, this triggers sensitivity, not only does this inflammation create rashes and erythema, but it also expands the tiny veins under the skin, making them appear closer to the surface.

This skin condition can make everyday life a trauma, and whilst there is no medical definition for sensitive skin, one thing is for sure, it’s a genuine condition.

Fortunately, with a good skincare routine and products specifically formulated for sensitive skin, you can work to improve your sensitivity issues by restoring your skin barrier function and replenishing missing oils and lipids from the skin’s surface; offering sensitive skin, that much-needed protection.

Sos soothing complex has been designed to address inflammation at the dermal layer, containing neuro-peptides it instantly stops inflammation in its tracks. The soothing, calming effects of Calendula and natural steroids, helps to restore the integrity of the skin, the perfect choice for those concerned with sensitive skin issues.

Acute inflammation

A study carried out in Europe, found that as many as 50% of women and 30% of men described their skin as sensitive, a staggering statistic.

More alarmingly, scientific research found, that our skin may not even feel irritated or compromised, even though a product has been used that contains potential irritants, so even though the skin is no stinging or burning, the breakdown of the skins acid mantle is still taking place.

Acute and chronic inflammation is extremely damaging. If your sensitivity is extreme and you find the inflammation is not going away, and your skin is almost painful to touch, there could be something more insidious and pathological at play.

This is referred to as acute inflammatory response – when your immune system tries to block a substance that it perceives to be a foreign body but is unable to eliminate. This can be a response to the presence of microorganisms, chemicals, or organic and inorganic materials.

Skin sensitivity is not always immediately apparent.

The appearance of redness and swelling may not be visible, which can be misleading.

But below the surface, inflammation begins to take its toll on structural cells and matrix proteins found within the dermis. Because it resembles skin changes associated with accelerated skin ageing, it’s referred to in the industry as “skin flamm’ageing”.

Granulomas are one such problem often caused by micro-needling, which we discuss here. It can be infectious and inflame and distort nearby tissues. These can take weeks or months to develop.

Chemicals found in ­personal care products and cosmetics, can build up slowly in the body’s fatty tissue over time and a reaction won’t always occur until many years later; the skin then becomes so sensitive it even reacts to simple things like tap water.


Skin sensitivity is genuine, and it affects a large number of the population.

The reason why as we can see from the above information is very technical; sensitive skin is complex as there is a lot of neurogenic inflammation going on.

If you do suspect something serious is causing your skin to become inflamed, we recommend going to see your dermatologist and asking for a biopsy, to rule out any potential allergens.

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