Caring for sensitive skin is a delicate process that requires special attention and consideration. As a beauty therapist, it is important to understand the basics of caring for sensitive skin, as well as the potential risks associated with facial treatments. It is also essential to be able to recognize skin infections and other problematic conditions in order to ensure the safety of your clients. When it comes to choosing the right products for sensitive skin, it is best to keep things as simple and basic as possible.
People with dry skin that is prone to acne or redness should avoid facial treatments that contain harsh synthetic chemical ingredients or added fragrances. In some cases, if a client has severe varicose veins, leg massages may be contraindicated. Not only can increased skin sensitivity be uncomfortable, but it can also indicate an underlying skin condition such as eczema or rosacea, or an allergy. To determine the cause of the sensitivity, it is best to consult a dermatologist.
The dermatologist will first check for skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, or contact with a skin irritant. They may also give the client a patch test to help determine which ingredients exacerbate their symptoms. In general, treating facial eczema involves avoiding further irritation caused by cosmetics and toiletries, switching to a gentle skin cleansing regimen, and actively treating eczema with emollients and anti-inflammatory therapy (topical steroids for flare-ups and topical calcineurin inhibitors for long-term treatment and maintenance). Phototherapy (a prescription ultraviolet therapy treatment administered and monitored in a hospital's dermatology department) is an additional treatment option for chronic and widespread eczema.It is important to note that even if you have not treated sensitive skin before, your skin type may become sensitive over time.
Additionally, some of the skin diseases and conditions related to sensitive skin are known or believed to be hereditary. Therefore, it is important to be aware of these potential risks when treating clients with sensitive skin.