Dermalogica for Sensitized Skin/Rosacea

Millions of people perceive their skin as sensitive. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that 50% of the United States population experience some form of sensitive skin. Globally, it is of increasing concern, especially among women. In Europe, the United States and Japan, the prevalence of sensitive skin is about 50% in women and 30% in men, with younger adults reporting more sensitivity than older adults. 

A true sensitive skin condition is caused by a genetic predisposition. Someone who is truly sensitive is born with this condition and tends to be prone to blushing, asthma and allergies. This skin is considered more delicate with less melanin or pigment, a thin epidermis and blood vessels close to the skin surface, hence the obvious appearance of redness. Sensitive skin is often the result of a defect in the skin’s protective outer layer – known as the epidermal lipid barrier layer – allowing irritants, microbes and allergens to penetrate the skin and cause adverse reactions. A disturbed epidermal lipid barrier is an important component in several inflammatory skin diseases such as rosacea, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema. 

Rather than a result of genetics, sensitized skin is a reflection of your environment, lifestyle and physiology. Pollution, stress, hormonal fluctuations, smoking, alcohol, poor diet, medical procedures and even over-processed or over-exfoliated skin can all lead to sensitization. Cosmetic ingredients including alcohol, lanolin, fragrance and D&C colorants can also lead to sensitized skin. While those with fair skin (usually of Northern European ancestry) traditionally experience sensitive skin, sensitized skin can be triggered in any person regardless of racial background or skin color. Approximately 36% of the population in China has declared themselves to have sensitive skin, a condition that may in fact be attributed to the high level of pollution in both rural and urban parts of this region. 

The common link behind irritation, flushing and stinging is inflammation. Paired with the loss of skin’s protective barrier, skin health is compromised and becomes highly reactive.

Caring for Your Skin: Do’s and Don’ts


  • Use mild detergents to wash clothing, with no bleach or fabric softener
  • Double-rinse clothing
  • Moisturize often, especially in colder weather
  • Choose cotton for bed linens and clothing
  • Reduce stress as much as possible


  • Expose skin to very hot or very cold water
  • Expose skin to excessive heat or low humidity
  • Dress in synthetic fabrics or wear wool next to the skin
  • Use harsh detergents or perfumed products

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Treat the multiple triggers behind inflammation for lasting relief from sensitivity flare-ups. 

Itching, burning, stinging and redness are the obvious signs of sensitive skin. The triggers behind these sensations are less clear: genetics, hormones, stress, chemical assaults, foods and even aggressive skin treatments can intensify skin’s highly reactive state. 

When skin demands serious relief, trust new UltraCalming™ from the skin health experts at Dermalogica.

Treatment options: Hyaluronic Acid IonActive™ relieves dehydrated and/or sensitized skin

Book a free consultation with one of our aesthetics specialists to see how Dermalogica can benefit you!