Do you hide behind the painful (and often embarrassing) symptoms of sensitive skin?

Whether your skin is sensitive or sensitized, the symptoms are actually the same. Redness, dehydration, itching and burning.

Signs of sensitive skin

  • Thin skin texture with a translucent appearance.
  • A feeling of tightness, which can indicate dehydration and lead to skin reactions from products.
  • Redness or blotchiness. This signals over-reactive capillaries or a tendency toward rosacea.
  • Flaking, peeling or cracking on the cheeks and forehead. This indicates dehydrated skin and impaired barrier function.
  • Flushing and itching, or burning sensations, which can also be a sign of over-reactive capillaries.
  • Small, rash-like bumps or breakouts (not to be confused with acne breakouts).

Another common trait of sensitive—and sensitized–skin is a compromised lipid barrier. A healthy lipid barrier helps keep skin healthy by holding water in and keeping environmental pollutants and microbes out. Picture your skin cells as tiny bricks. The “mortar” holding them together are lipids. A healthy lipid barrier helps keep skin hydrated and healthy by holding water in and keeping environmental pollutants and bad microbes out. When your skin is exposed to triggers that compromise the barrier, the result is redness, dryness, irritation and discomfort, otherwise known as – you guessed it – sensitive skin.

But did you know that there are actually two different scenarios to lead to these not-so-fun symptoms? Here they are. You can struggle on the daily with irritated skin based on your genetics (AKA sensitive skin) or you can get sensitive skin flare ups caused by outside factors in your environment (AKA sensitized skin.)

Knowing more about what causes your skin to react will help you determine if it is sensitive or sensitized so you can find out how to keep your skin strong and healthy.

Sensitive skin you’re born with

Sensitive skin is a weak protective function of the skin that can be genetically predisposed. When skin is sensitive its protective outer layer lets irritants, microbes and allergens pass through, causing adverse reactions like stinging, pain, redness or flushing. Genetically sensitive skin is considered more delicate because it has a lower amount of pigment, a thin epidermis, and blood vessels close to the skin surface, hence the appearance of redness. You may notice that you’re also prone to asthma and allergies. Sensitive skin can be passed down through generations – but there are ways to manage it.

Sensitive skin caused by your environment

(sensitised skin)

Sensitised skin can be triggered in anyone, regardless of your genes. It’s actually a reflection of your environment. Frequent irritability from lifestyle, irritants, cosmetic ingredients including alcohol, lanolin, fragrance and artificial colour and other external factors can contribute to sensitized skin. Hard to avoid right?  Ready for the good news? Avoiding your individual triggers can actually reduce or eliminate your symptoms. When these triggers can’t be avoided (think pollution, environment and temperature sensitivity), your symptoms of sensitized skin can be managed through skin care and lifestyle changes.

Your skin can be affected by any of the following factors:


Stress, diet, smoking, dehydration, alcohol, and cosmetic ingredients


Pollution, airborne allergens, weather, and temperature changes


Physical effects of stress or hormonal fluctuations 


Rosacea, eczema, psoriasis

How to calm sensitive and sensitized skin

The heat can also lead to skin sensitivities like a heat rash, which happens when your sweat ducts get closed off. The moisture gets trapped under the skin and can lead to a rash made up of blisters or bumps!

The good news is that the skin – when healthy – is a pretty efficient filter of what’s good versus what’s bad on its own. And, since you can’t always avoid harsh environmental factors like pollution or extreme weather, here’s how to keep your skin Alcohol-free and without perfume or essential oils, SENSITIVE CRÈME ANTI-REDNESS is well suited for sensitive skins searching for soft and comforting care.calm, strong, and healthy.

Supplements to help treat sensitive skin.  Skin Vit C is the perfect skin supplement for those looking for a bright, even complexion. Vitamin C plays an important role in supporting the normal function of blood capillaries and in protecting cells from oxidative stress caused by extrinsic factors.

Skin Vit C is recommended for Rosacea skins due to its ability to strengthen the capillary walls which can aid in redness reduction of the cheeks, nose and chin

Overall Benefits:

  • Leaves skin bright and radiant
  • Supports normal blood vessels
  • Protects cells from oxidative stress

*Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of blood vessels.
Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin.
Vitamin C contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
Vitamin C contributes to the regeneration of the reduced form of vitamin E.

Skin Accumax™ is a patented skincare supplement, containing vitamins A, C, E and plant nutrients. It works from the inside to support healthy skin.

Accumax helps to reduce the purple/blue undertone that Rosacea can cause the skin colour to look.                                                

Vitamin A reduces sebum production

Vitamin C reduces excess skin cell build up – reduces hyper-keratinisation

Vitamin E is an anti-inflammatory and hydrates

Phyto-nutrient DIM supports skins immunity and encourages the liver to detoxify toxins

Overall Benefits:

  • Works from the inside and nourishes all layers of the skin
  • Feeds every cell in the body so can help support all areas of skin, such as the face, chest, back and shoulders
  • Doesn’t contain harsh chemicals
  • Helps to support skin health

Free from: Yeast, Artificial flavourings, Gluten-Free

Suitable for: Vegetarians and Vegans

*Vitamin A contributes to the maintenance of normal skin

Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Youth Biome

Skin Youth Biome™ has been formulated with a combination of 4 scientifically studied bacterial strains that is unique to the Advanced Nutrition Programme™.

In addition, Skin Youth Biome has been formulated with vitamin C which supports skin collagen formation. This combination of live cultures and vitamin C work in synergy to give a smoother, more youthful looking complexion.
Since its launch in March 2019, Skin Youth Biome has been an amazing addition to problematic skins alongside Skin Accumax. Due to its gut bacteria health benefits, it aids inflammation reduction and bacteria control. Gut health plays a vital role in skin health, especially for problematic, rosacea skins.

Overall Benefits:

  • Works from the inside out
  • Supports the skin’s natural barrier
  • Helps reduce fine lines
  • Helps Support gut flora
  • Nourishes dry skin
  • Supports collagen formation

FREE FROM: Artificial colours, Artificial flavourings, Gluten-Free

For Allergens: please see ingredients in bold on packaging

*Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin.
Vitamin C contributes to the normal function of the immune system

Products to Help Treat Sensitive Skin.

Yonka Essentials Lotion

Yonka Essentials Lotion PS – 200ml

Calms & Sooths skin immediately.

Yonka Specifics Sensitive Creme Anti Redness

Alcohol-free and without perfume or essential oils, SENSITIVE CRÈME ANTI-REDNESS is well suited for sensitive skins searching for soft and comforting care.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dermalogica Calm Water Gel 

Calm Water Gel} Weightless water-gel moisturizer penetrates skin to lock in moisture.

Barrier Defence Booster} Nourishes skin, relieves dryness and guards against discomfort.

Salon treatments to help treat sensitive skin.

Traditional/classic facial treatments provide immediate & immense relief is skin is super sensitive or irritated. We would suggest an hour long Dermalogica or Yonka facial treatment.

A Light therapy treatment is also really effective, this 30 min treatment is can be added into an hour long facial treatment of had 1 week post Micro-Needling, to enhance results.

Once skin is no longer super sensitive we would recommend a course of Micro-Needling treatments to strengthen the blood capillaries & reduce redness.

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