WHAT CAUSES SKIN SENSITIVITY?
Hormones affect women at an early age. When skin conditions arise due to hormonal causes, professionals need to treat them with ingredients that are not overly aggressive to avoid increasing sensitivities. Hormonal breakouts should be treated with low doses of salicylic acid, enzymes, light alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), or glycyrrhetinic acid.
Sensitive skin can be aggravated by over-application of aggressive products, as well as over-exfoliating with peels and physical exfoliants, which may cause the skin to develop Cosmetics Intolerance Syndrome (CIS). A client that immediately shows signs of redness and inflammation after the application of a skin care or cosmetic product may be at the beginning stages of CIS. If left untreated, continued product usage could lead to the worst form of CIS – Status Cosmeticus, a condition that results in a client encountering severe reactions to all skin care and cosmetic products.
People tend to forget that the environment they work and live in could be a contributing factor to skin sensitivity. Photosensitivity, cold or humid climates, and even various occupations may eventually lead to skin conditions, causing it to react in a manner that is hard to manage and control. Industries that tend to foster skin sensitivity and skin diseases, such as contact dermatitis, include manufacturing, food preparation, automotive, and even the skin care industry. It is important that skin care professionals wear gloves, so as to prevent skin irritation caused by the continuous application of various products and ingredients.