SENSITIVE SKIN
SOLUTIONS

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Sensitive skin burns, prickles, itches or stings in response to internal and external triggers. To take care of it, you need minimalist products with active ingredients to reduce sensitivity, day after day. Your hero? TOLERIANE Ultra, with active ingredients to defuse sensitive skin reactions:


• Neurosensine
• Shea Butter
• Thermal Spring Water

If you have sensitive acne-prone skin, your top ally is EFFACLAR, which gently targets blemishes. If ageing is a concern, consider REDERMIC, which brings reference active ingredients such Retinol within the reach of even the most sensitive complexions, or HYALUB5, the sensitive skin hyaluronic acid to replump wrinkles and volume loss for a global repair effect.

WHAT IS
SENSITIVE SKIN?

Before we get onto the best solutions available, let’s be clear about what is actually meant by sensitive skin, also known as oversensitive skin or hypersensitive skin. Now affecting more than half of the population, sensitive skin refers to an unpleasant condition – pulling, prickling, burning, and stinging sensations – experienced by skin. They may occur all the time, but can also be brought on by external and internal factors.

WHAT CAUSES
SENSITIVE SKIN?

Both external and internal factors can play their part

The root cause of sensitive skin symptoms is thought to be overly sensitive nerve endings in the skin that fire off pain signals in response to harmless daily stimuli like the wind or temperature changes. The trigger factors for sensitive skin rashes can be divided into external and internal factors:

  1. External factors: Pollution, temperature changes, changes in skin pH, UV exposure, unsuitable cosmetics
  2. Internal factors: Stress, strong emotion, hormonal changes

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SENSITIVE SKIN CAN LOOK
COMPLETELY NORMAL

Even if it can feel hypersensitive and even painful!

One of the frustrating things about sensitive skin is that however annoying your symptoms may be, doctors will often say the skin is “normal” since it shows no visible signs. But clued-in dermatologists will recognise the features of sensitive skin and recommend specific treatments for sensitized or hypersensitive skin

Is your skin sensitive, reactive or allergic? 

HOW TO SOOTHE
SENSITIVE SKIN

What is the best face treatment for sensitive skin?

Now that you know the features and root cause of sensitive skin, let’s talk about how to treat and soothe it.

Should I opt for “natural” products to treat sensitive skin?

Should you shun the pharmacy and opt for all-natural or organic brands? Natural products means safe products, right? In a word, no!
Just because something is natural does not mean it won’t cause sensitive skin rashes. In fact, many natural plant extracts can bring on those all-too-familiar prickling, burning and stinging sensations. As for allergens, nature is overflowing with them! If you have sensitive skin, your ideal treatment is a dermatologist-approved dermocosmetic solution formulated with a minimum of ingredients clinically proven to soothe and relieve symptoms of sensitized skin while reducing skin’s sensitivity day after day.

When it comes to treating sensitive skin, trust the experts

From the dermatologist’s trusted partner brand La Roche-Posay, your sensitive skin knight in shining armour is the TOLERIANE range of sensitive skin cleansers and care products. At the heart of the range is THE sensitive skincare product par excellence, TOLERIANE Ultra. It is formulated with the absolute minimum of ingredients selected to instantly soothe and relieve skin, while actively reducing skin’s sensitivity day after day. The hypoallergenic formulation of TOLERIANE backed up by robust clinical testing has made it the first skincare range to gain the seal of approval from Allergy UK and many other institutions such as AFPRAL in France and the German Allergy and Asthma Association.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
TO SOOTHE SENSITIVE SKIN

Which ingredients are “friends” and which are “foes”?

care for sensitive skin? Well, first off, one of the keys to its success is what’s NOT in the formula: All known fragrance and alcohol among others.
But the formula is also enriched with sensitive skin-friendly active ingredients:

  • Neurosensine: this patented genius molecule reduces skin’s sensitivity day after day by calming the oversensitive nerve endings responsible for sensitive skin symptoms.
  • Shea Butter: a natural skin moisturiser with lipids similar to skin’s own “hydrolipidic film” or surface protective barrier, to amp up skin’s defences against the external stresses that can trigger sensitive skin symptoms.
  • Thermal Spring Water: another totally unique ingredient, this time occurring in nature and used at the world’s largest thermal dermatology centre, with a unique mineral content rich in selenium for an intense soothing and anti-oxidant effect to defuse the symptoms of sensitive skin.

Thanks to its formulation, TOLERIANE Ultra is able to relieve pain in just 1 minute.

Even better, by reinforcing the skin barrier, Toleriane Ultra minimizes the risk of penetration of allergens. Therefore, it helps to reduce the risk of developing future allergies.

Click HERE for a complete skincare routine for sensitive skin 

REBALANCING SKIN’S
FRIENDLY BACTERIA

TO SOOTHE SENSITIVE SKIN

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water has another unique and quite surprising property: it is a natural prebiotic. This means it boosts the friendly bacteria living on skin to rebalance its surface ecosystem of micro-organisms known as its microbiome. A healthy microbiome means calmer, happier skin.

What exactly is the skin microbiome?

ACNE SKINCARE FOR
SENSITIVE SKIN IN ADULTS

Just as over half the population now has sensitive skin, increasing numbers of adults are now also complaining of acne breakoutsPatients are asking dermatologists which acne treatment they recommend for sensitive skin in adults. The dermatologist’s partner brand La Roche-Posay has developed the EFFACLAR range of care products to treat even the most sensitive acne-prone complexions.

The perfect partner product for sensitive oily and acne-prone skin in adults? EFFACLAR Duo(+) SPF30. It contains effective but gentle active ingredients to stop spots and blemishes in their tracks, while soothing with thermal spring water and offering a strong sun filter to block pro-sensitivity UV rays.

ANTI-AGEING SKINCARE
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

At La Roche-Posay, we believe that effective skincare should never be off limits just because skin is sensitive. This philosophy is particularly applicable to our anti-ageing products, as certain molecules such as Retinol can be unsuitable for sensitive skin if not carefully formulated and balanced. With the RETINOL range, La Roche-Posay brings reference dermatological molecules such as Vitamin C and even Retinol within the reach of women with sensitive skin by guaranteeing ultra high-tolerance formulations.

The first sensitive skin retinol

REDERMIC [R] UV SPF30 contains a carefully calibrated blend of retinol and progressive-release retinol to avoid harshness even on the most sensitive skin. Thanks to its built-in sun filter, it’s even safe to use during the day. An ideal choice for women who have experienced discomfort with retinol products in the past. The payoff? Clinically proven reduction in wrinkles and dark spots.

The only sensitive skin hyaluronic acid

HYALU B5 combines the replumping action of two types/molecular weights of hyaluronic acid tailored to the needs of/specifically selected for sensitive skin with soothing vitamin B5 and regenerating madecassoside for a global smoothing effect on wrinkles and loss of volume. In other words, a juicy-plump youthful look.

Click HERE to discover what make-up to use for sensitive skin

For a complete skincare routine for sensitive skin, click HERE 

TRUE
OR FALSE

HOW I FEEL IN MYSELF
CAN AFFECT MY SENSITIVE SKIN.

TRUE

Stress and intenseemotion cause blood vessels in the skin to dilate, triggering flushing andsensations of discomfort. Many people find mindfulness or similar relaxationtechniques a valuable ally to keep their sensitive skin in the Zen zone. This approach works best when combined with expert sensitive skincare such as the TOLERIANE range.
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ORGANIC PRODUCTS ARE
THE BEST FOR SENSITIVE SKIN.

FALSE

Just because something is natural does not mean it won’t cause sensitive skin rashes. In fact, many natural plant extracts can bring on those all-too-familiar prickling, burning and stinging sensations. As for allergens, nature is overflowing with them!
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SUN EXPOSURE CAN
HEIGHTEN SKIN'S SENSITIVITY.

TRUE

Sun is can really penalise sensitive complexions.This is because UV rays trigger oxidative stress and inflammation within theskin, causing redness and rashes. Make sure broad spectrum UVA-UVB and long-UVA protection such as the ANTHELIOS range is part of your everyday skincare routine.
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A LONG HOT SHOWER WILL
HELP SOOTHE MY SENSITIVE SKIN.

FALSE

It might ease your muscles after a busy day, buta long hot shower or soak is not a good option for sensitive skin condition. Exposingsensitive skin to hot (and cold) temperatures stimulates the release ofhistamine (the itch molecule), which can trigger the chain reaction ofirritation. It is best to opt for brief, lukewarm showers or baths.
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WE ALSO HAVE
A RANGE FOR THAT

REDERMIC RETINOL range products help reducing accentauted wrinkles and smooths the skin texture. They also act on the complexion unification and age spots reduction

  • La Roche Posay ProductPage Anti Aging Eye Cream Redermic C Anti Wrinkl
    Dermatological Corrective Filler
    Intensive & Anti-Wrinkle Cream
    Sensitive Skin
    REDERMIC C
    EYES
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 SKIN

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