Keratosis Pilaris, also known as chicken skin bumps, is a common condition in which a protein in the skin called keratin forms hard plugs within hair follicles.
Symptoms include :
- small white or red bumps typically on the upper arms or thighs
- dry, rough and sometimes itchy skin in the areas with bumps
- worsening in the winter when humidity is low and skin tends to be drier
Best Treatments Include:
Cleanse – use a mild cleansing lotion to provide moisture and prevent dry, red irritations
Exfoliate – professional micro exfoliation treatments gently removes the outer layer of dead skin cells leaving a smoother texture
Moisturize – use moisturizer frequently and avoid any products that might dry the skin.
As we age, our skin goes through significant changes as a result of shifts in hormone balance. Microcirculation is affected by this balance.
As women enter perimenopause in their 40s and continue into menopause (50s) there is a decrease in estrogen. As estrogen depletes, the skin begins to lose its tone, all tissues begin to thin, vascular and capillary walls begin to weaken, there is less moisture in the tissues, cell turnover is reduced and protective pigment lessens.
Hormone replacement is often suggested for women experiencing menopause. These therapies may be derived from animal-source estrogens and plant-source estrogens. Estrogens from plants are about 400 times weaker than animal estrogens.
Hormonal changes are the cause of the microcirculation problems that are common in mature skin. One such problem is red blotches and rosacea. Some of the causes of couperose veins are:
- sun damage
- harsh cosmetics
- heat/cold fluctuations
- topical corticosteroids
These all lead to permanent dilation of the capillaries. The following ingredients are proven to have a positive effect on mature and rosacea skin:
- green tea
- squalane oil – rich in vitamins A,D, and E
Microcirculation problems are best controlled with a combination of medical therapies, including in-office treatments, daily care products and lifestyle considerations.
The cosmetic industry is continually developing new products to improve the appearance of the skin. The products you use can make a significant difference in the skin’s health and appearance. You need to make decisions about products that will best suit your skin type.
When products are used correctly, results are more noticeable. Performance ingredients, sometimes called active ingredients, are ingredients that benefit the skin. Hypoallergenic describes ingredients that may be less likely to cause allergies. Noncomedogenic will not clog pores or cause blackheads.
These ingredients can usually be tolerated by sensitive skin. Try them one at a time.
- Green Tea
- Licorice Extract
If you have normal skin use products with these ingredients to get the best results:
- Algae Extract
- Sodium Hyaluronate
- Glycolic Acid
Soothe, relieve and moisturize dry skin with products that contain:
- Lactic Acid
Don’t over-dry oily skin. Use products that contain:
- Salicylic Acid
- Tea Tree Oil
- Glycolic Acid
- Benzol Peroxide
- Hyaluronic Acid
Most effective ingredients to fight acne:
- Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Salicylic Acid
- Tea Tree Oil
There are countless skin care ingredients and hundreds of product lines from which to choose. Choosing the correct product formula is important to effectively and safely treat the skin. Knowing which ingredients are best for your skin type will make it easier to choose the right skin care products that your skin must have.
If your cheeks are red and irritated without blushing, here are some suggestions to help calm rosacea. Our skin is the main line of defense between us and the environment. This protective organ can be compromised:
- by harsh climates
- offending pollutants
- highly aggressive topical products
- and ever-present UV radiation
When exposed to extreme conditions our skin can become inflamed, sensitized and irritated. Various skin conditions can also cause redness and sensitivity in skin. People with conditions such as dermatitis or rosacea should be very aware of the triggers of their condition. Some of the more common triggers that should be avoided include:
- spicy foods
- hot liquids
- hot baths and showers
- excessive vigorous exercise
Caring for red, irritated skin should start with a gentle and refreshing cleansing of the face each morning. Sufferers should use a mild cleanser that is not grainy or abrasive and spread it with their fingertips. A soft pad or washcloth can also be used, but avoid rough washcloths, loofahs, brushes or sponges.
Next, rinse the face with lukewarm water and blot it dry with a thick cotton towel. Never pull, tug, scratch or treat the face harshly. Sufferers should let their face air dry for several minutes before applying any topical medication.
While there is no cure for rosacea, there are treatments available that can control or eliminate red, irritated skin. Allure Aesthetics offers a gentle TCA peel that is a wonderful choice to help promote healthy skin and reduce inflammation. Red, sensitive skin is best controlled with a combination of medical therapies, including in-office chemical peel treatments, daily care products and lifestyle considerations.