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Sensitive Skin: Decrease Redness and Inflammation

How to Treat

Each in-office treatment and daily care regimen should be customized using anti-inflammatory ingredients to combat redness and discomfort. In some cases, prescription intervention may be necessary to reduce redness. Topical ingredients that are effective in reducing the appearance of redness are often anti-inflammatory agents that affect microcapillary function. Many work by interrupting the inflammatory process. Several specific red and brown algae extracts suppress the pro-inflammatory mediators, VEGF, and PGE2 while caper bud extract inhibits the production of inflammatory cytokines.

Anti-redness ingredients:

  • Ascophyllum nodosum (brown algae) extract reduces VEGF* and PGE2** expression when combined with asparagopsis armata extract.
  • Asparagopsis armata (red algae) extract reduces VEGF* and PGE2** expression when combined with ascophyllum nodosum extract.
  • Capparis spinosa (caper bud) fruit extract inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (immune-activated cells involved in the amplification of inflammatory reaction). Ingredients containing high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids provide powerful anti-inflammatory characteristics. Some common sources are grape seed oil, evening primrose seed oil, borage seed oil, wheat germ oil, and black currant seed oil. Support ingredients, such as bisabolol, aloe vera, and evening primrose, calm and soothe the skin.

* VEGF stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and promotes hyperpermeability.
**PGE2 are prostaglandins that work to dilate blood vessels.

Anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing ingredients:

  • Hydrocortisone is used to relieve the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation and discomfort of various skin conditions. Limit use to seven-day intervals.
  • Aloe vera extracts are rich in choline salicylate, which offers anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5) reduces inflammation while increasing the moisture-retention capacity of the skin.
  • Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) seed oil is an excellent source of omega-3 gamma linolenic acid (GLA), and provides anti-redness and anti-inflammatory capabilities.
  • Bisabolol is the anti-inflammatory component of chamomile.
  • Menthyl lactate is used to soothe discomfort while creating a cooling effect.
  • Melissa officinalis (balm mint) extract is used as a natural topical pain reliever and skin soother.
  • Salix alba (willow bark) extract is a natural analgesic or pain reliever related to aspirin.
  • Ceramide NP supports the renewal of the skin’s natural protective layer and protects against moisture loss.
  • InflaShieldTM reduces transepidermal water loss and has been shown to reduce barrier damage.