Is your skin red, sore, and irritated?
Does it often feel hot or sore to touch?
Then chances are your suffering from skin inflammation, and you may be interested to learn your not alone.
Over 50% of all women are thought to be concerned with inflammation, and 35% of all men are thought to be concerned with sensitive skin issues, worrying yet rather interesting statistic.
But when you consider all the assaults your skin is under daily:
- damaging UV rays
- toxin accumulation
- poor lifestyle choices
- astringent ingredients
- chemicals and fragrances
- environmental aggressors
- emotional and physical stress
Could it be that your skincare routine is failing you? And if so, how? Aren’t there literally thousands of skin care products claiming to solve sensitive skin issues?
Yes, but the problem is, most products only address ONE TRIGGER, and that is the relationship between the immune system and skin inflammation.
The immune system triggers immunogenic inflammation.
When our body is under attack from allergens or suffering from emotional stress or hormonal changes, an immune response is stimulated, resulting in skin inflammation.
This inflammation is a natural process in the body created by our warrior white cells; they come to the rescue to fight off invading foreign bodies, aiding in the healing process.
This is what creates pain, redness, swelling, and inflammation in the skin.
This cycle of inflammation caused by immunogenic inflammation is a subject we discuss in greater depth in the following article.
Scientific research is now suggesting that two triggers create inflammatory responses in the skin:
Immunogenic inflammation, triggered by the immune system to fight off warding invaders
Neurogenic inflammation, triggered by the nervous system
Neurogenic inflammation is the lesser-known form of inflammation, which is related to the nervous system.
When the skin comes into contact with potential irritants, it activates sensors in the nervous glands, which release a cascade of substances known as neuro-peptides.
These neuro-peptides help to end the inflammatory cycle aiding tissue repair; the problem is when they are aggravated, they are responsible for excruciating inflammatory conditions, including psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea, and itchy skin.
When our skin is under emotional stress or comes into contact with pollution, a painful neurogenic response is created; this leads to inflammatory conditions such as itching, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
Both immunogenic and neurogenic inflammation can cross over to the same conditions, including redness, irritation, swelling, and itching.
The truth behind the triggers
So to recap, we have established there are two significant triggers behind inflammation:
- Allergens that stimulate an immune response in the skin are referred to as immunogenic inflammation.
- Chemicals that stimulate a nerve response are referred to as neurogenic inflammation.
And inflammation from both these triggers creates the same redness, itching, and swelling that results when the body is injured or irritated.
You can be forgiven for thinking that these are the only causes of skin inflammation, but sadly that is not the case.
Both physical and emotional stress has a lot to answer for, kicking a once healthy skin completely off balance.
Elevated levels of CORTISOL, our stress hormone, causes inflammatory reactions in the body; it aggravates inflammation, causing extreme itchiness and inhibiting wound healing.
Toxin accumulation and poor lifestyle and environmental conditions can also be stressors.
When you look at the bigger picture, you can see several factors that trigger inflammatory skin conditions:
- nerve activity
- poor gut health
- immune disruption
- genetic susceptibility
- impaired acid mantle
- epidermal barrier function
What is crucial to healthy skin is pairing effective skincare treatment with the right lifestyle choices.
Reduce your exposure to the sun, and try to keep stress levels to a minimum; take care to nourish your skin, preserving its natural protective barrier.
Combining all of this with a healthy diet plan will undoubtedly positively affect the health and appearance of your skin.
We have designed products to address both of these triggers. Ceramide barrier repair balm is a calming treatment balm designed to quiet immunogenic inflammation. SOS soothing complex addresses neurogenic inflammation.
This is a highly customised range, specifically designed to stop inflammation in its tracks, repairing the acid mantle and rebuilding a thin, fragile, delicate skin.
Ultimately restoring your skin to health so that you can be the best version of you.