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    Inflamed & Sensitive Skin

    Overview

    There seems to be a running similarity between the following skin disorders. They share a common denominator of inflamed, red, irritated, stinging, itchy skin, with small papules or lesions. People with sensitive skin will often react to particular products or emotions, or events more readily than the majority of other people. We suggest calming the skin by cleansing with lukewarm or tepid water, not too hot or too cold. Either one of our Cleansing Milks would be appropriate. We suggest they be well diluted with cool water and gently massaged into skin, and as gently removed. After cleansing, mist with cooling Hydrosols, which will bestow beneficial aromatic compounds. As moisture choices we suggest a few drops of Neem Immortelle Purifying, Pomegranate Repair Serum, Chilean Wild Rosehip Seed oil all mildly scented. We suggest following with a small amount of Whipped Shea Butter with Olive leaf to seal moisture and hydration into skin. This treatment protocol supports the skin’s barrier function and helps to prevent skin irritation, pathogens, chemical irritants and loss of body fluids.

    The most common skin conditions we hear about from our customers are eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and perioral dermatitis. We suggest a skin care routine that features simple, cooling treatments.

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    Eczema

    Eczema appears on the skin as red, inflamed, itchy patches. It can appear on elbows, back of knees, on the face and hands, at times even leading to oozing sores that crust over. While the exact cause of eczema is unknown, researchers do know that people who develop eczema do so because of a combination of genes and environmental triggers.

    Rosacea

    Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition and can often be mistaken for acne, eczema, or other skin allergy. It occurs on the cheeks and spreads somewhat in a butterfly pattern across cheeks and nose. Rosacea can be aggravated by hot and cold extremes; hot foods and drinks, alcohol, weather conditions and harsh skin treatments such as acids and scrubs.

    Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is an inflammatory disorder characterized by rash and red plaques. The plaques can commonly be found on the outside of elbows, knees, scalp but can appear anywhere on the body. Stress, physical trauma, i.e. scratching or rubbing can trigger psoriasis. Psoriasis can affect people of all ages, and can be attributed to genetic, nutritional, environmental factors, as well as viruses, or strep infections.

    Perioral
    Dermatitis

    Occurs predominantly in females. Symptoms are small, red, pus-filled bumps and mild peeling of the skin around the nose and mouth, which can include itching, slight burning and tightness around the mouth. The condition can also affect the skin around the nose, cheeks, and eyes. The exact cause is unknown.