Understanding Sensitive Skin

Unlike other skin types, sensitive skin's barrier function is compromised, which makes it less able to protect itself against irritants. This means that it is easily overwhelmed by environmental factors, products, or stress, leading to reactions such as redness, itching, burning, and dryness. The compromised barrier function can be due to genetics but is often exacerbated by external factors such as pollution, weather changes, and harsh skincare products. Knowing the triggers and understanding how to care for sensitive skin can significantly enhance comfort and overall skin health.

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How We Can Help

At Sherman Aesthetic Center, we adopt what we like to call "skin fitness" for every skin type, including sensitive skin. Just as your body needs tailored exercise and nutrition, your skin requires customized care that respects its unique sensitivities. If you're struggling with sensitive skin, we invite you to schedule a skin consultation with our experts. We will help you develop a personalized skin fitness plan that soothes, protects, and strengthens your skin.

Common Causes of Sensitive Skin

Environmental Factors

Extremes in weather—both hot and cold—can exacerbate skin sensitivity. Wind, heat, and air conditioning can strip moisture from the skin, leading to irritation.

Harsh Skincare Products

Ingredients like alcohol, fragrances, and certain chemicals found in soaps, detergents, and cosmetics can trigger reactions in sensitive skin.

Physical Stressors

Over-exfoliating or using hot water can disrupt the skin’s natural barrier, leading to increased sensitivity.

Diet and Hydration

Poor diet and insufficient water intake can impact the health of your skin, making it more prone to sensitivity.

Genetic Predisposition

Some people are naturally more prone to sensitive skin due to their genetic makeup.

Skincare Ingredients That Soothe Sensitive Skin

Choosing the appropriate skincare products is essential for effectively managing sensitive skin. Ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, oatmeal, and green tea have natural soothing properties that calm irritated skin. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin are standout choices for hydration that don't feel heavy on the skin. They deliver moisture without clogging pores or exacerbating sensitivity. It's also vital to use products formulated for sensitive skin. These products avoid harsh chemicals, fragrances, and other potential irritants that can trigger reactions. By carefully selecting skincare products enriched with gentle and soothing ingredients, you can maintain a routine that nurtures and protects your sensitive skin, keeping it smooth, hydrated, and irritation-free.

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How to Handle Sensitive Skin

Establishing a gentle skincare routine is a crucial step for preserving healthy, glowing skin, particularly if your skin is sensitive or prone to irritation. This involves using mild, non-abrasive cleansers that don’t strip the skin of its natural oils, applying soothing moisturizers that reinforce the skin's barrier, and avoiding harsh chemical exfoliants in favor of gentler exfoliating ingredients. It’s also important to protect your skin from the sun using a mineral-based sunscreen that is less likely to irritate it. During your consultation at Sherman Aesthetic Center, our medical aesthetic professionals will help you identify your specific triggers and create a skincare routine that prevents irritation and preserves the integrity of your skin so it remains nourished, comfortable, and vibrant.

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Why Choose Sherman Aesthetic Center?

Led by Dr. Deborah Sherman and Dr. Mark Melson, our team at Sherman Aesthetic Center brings over 50 years of combined expertise in managing and beautifying sensitive skin with gentle yet effective treatments. We leverage advanced, state-of-the-art technologies and continuous education to ensure each of our patients receives the highest standard of care. Our team is committed to creating a skincare regimen that addresses your specific needs and enhances your skin's health. Contact our Nashville team for a complimentary skin care consultation today. We will tailor a personalized skincare regimen designed to protect and soothe your sensitive skin, helping you maintain a healthy and vibrant complexion.

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