Because we are affiliated with Dr Katie Rodan and Dr Kathy Fields, founders of Rodan and Fields Dermatologists products, we love to pass on their knowledge and advice to you. This month the skin care topic is how to address red, irritated, sensitive skin.
The Doctors explain that issues with sensitive skin are more prevalent than one might think, affecting men and women of all ages, and that if everyone with sensitive skin held hands, they would circle the globe 8 times. People who do not have sensitive skin take their skin for granted. The causes for sensitive skin can vary, but people with sensitive skin will describe it as red, hot, painful, burns and/or stings.
Part of the issue is with sensitive skin is the “lipid barrier” on the skin is disrupted which is important to note because this lipid barrier is supposed to keep good things in and bad things out. Did you know one of the worst things you can do for your skin, especially if it is sensitive, is to use soap? There is a saying, “bubbles, bubbles, toil and trouble!”
Here are the Doctors Top Ten Recommendations for Sensitive Skin:
1. If you suffer from razor burn, use SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment as an after-shave balm. This will calm the red bumps and itchiness that can follow shaving for both men and women.
2. Use SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment to quiet dry, chapped, wintry skin, including hands. Our OTC actives, dimethicone and allantoin, will help strengthen your skin’s barrier while the optical diffusers will leave your skin looking creamy and luminous.
3. If you forgot to reapply your sunscreen and find yourself with a sunburn (shame on you), SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment will help reduce the inflammation.
4. When patients are suffering from product overload, meaning they tried too many things, too fast or scrubbed too hard, we recommend SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment to normalize their skin.
5. Avoid aggravating your sensitive skin. Never use an abrasive fabric like a washcloth or buffing pad. Remember, easy does it.
6. If exercise causes your red face to redden even more, keep a cool towel nearby to help bring your facial temperature down.
7. Less is more when it comes to caring for sensitive skin. Avoid fragranced formulas, toners, alcohol-based formulas, and glycolic acids. Also avoid hot showers, steam rooms, and saunas to minimize facial flushing.
8. If you have concerns that your skin may be reactive or sensitive to ingredients, apply any new product in a small area on the jaw line before introducing them on your face. We suggest this ‘patch test’ for three days three times a day:
- Apply a small amount of the product for 30 seconds then rinse it off.
- Apply each product on a separate area and re-apply the products over themselves.
- Watch for a product reaction – redness, dryness, irritation, or swelling.
- When you re-introduce the SOOTHE Regimen, do not use any products that irritate your skin.
9. SOOTHE Gentle Cream Wash doubles as a calming shaving lotion to help reduce razor burn and irritation, and SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment is an excellent aftershave treatment for men with sensitive skin.
10. SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment may be used as a moisturizer after Step 3 of the UNBLEMISH or REVERSE Regimens.
Ashley and Tracy are both independent consultants with Rodan and Fields Dermatologists and happy to help you start your journey to the best skin of your life. Ashley in fact, personally uses Soothe and says it is the best her skin has ever felt, after trying numerous products over the years. Sensitive skin is tricky, but the Doctors are brilliant and they developed the Soothe Solution.