Inflammation is swelling, redness, or heat within the skin and is your skin’s immune system reacting to an irritant and setting off a response to protect it from harm. Inflamed acne or rosacea or redness on the cheeks or following a sting or burn are all examples. Inflammation triggers include harsh exfoliants, prolonged sun exposure, alcohol, or even eating spicy foods. All skin types can be affected, but dry, dehydrated skin is particularly susceptible and causes sensitive skin.
How we treat
Inflammation is natural. It’s our body’s defence system to protect itself. Inflammation can be triggered both internally (through diet, stress, disease) and externally (from pollution, sun exposure, environment and over-treating and over-washing and exfoliating), contributing to inflammaging redness, reactivity, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts.
The first step to make other skincare goals possible is to build the skin barrier. Focus on products loaded with healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, natural moisturising factors ceramides and cholesterol and vitamin B (niacinamide).
Soothe With Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients
Look for seabuckthorn oil, colloidal oatmeal, green tea, aloe vera, centella asiatica, squalane, shea butter to reduce redness, soothe, and heal the skin.
SPF with Zinc Oxide
The sun can be a major inflammation trigger, so make sure to wear sunscreen every single day. Avoid chemical sunscreens. Opt for calming zinc oxide instead.
Here are a few tips to avoid aggravating skin. Avoid heat: Use ice globes, cool towels and tepid water during your cleanse. Fewer products: Use less friction: avoid scrubbing or mechanical exfoliation and avoid products that strip the skin barrier and disturb your microbiome e.g toners high in alcohol content, wipes, foaming cleansers.
Think Inside out
You should also treat inflammation from the inside out. If you experience stress often, cortisol can trigger skin inflammation. Stress is hard to control, so we recommend fitting in time for daily self-care, meditation, exercise, healthy eating and a calming mask in the bath or massage.
ESSE Sensitive Cleanser
ESSE Toner Plus
ESSE Sensitive Serum
GFYS B-Hit Vitamin B Booster Serum
Synergie Skin Vitamin B
Cosmetics 27 Baume 27
ESSE Probiotic Serum