Welcome to The Calm Skin Co.

Welcome.

The Calm Skin Co is an online store offering clean beauty products for sensitive skin. We are based in the beautiful coastal town of Ocean Grove in Victoria, Australia.

Our store began with the vision to help simplify your search for clean, effective beauty products.  We stock brands who create beauty products that are not only healthier for our skin but also the environment.

This desire came from my personal experience with sensitive skin and eczema. Being told by a doctor that I was not likely to find a cause, was all I needed to search for more answers.  You can read about my personal struggle on our About page.

We welcome you and look forward to helping you on your journey to calm skin.

What is Sensitive Skin?

We are here to talk all things sensitive skin and there is no better place to start than with some definitions of what that exactly means. In the beauty world, the phrase sensitive is often used loosely to mean that your skin is irritated or reactive in some way. Any type of skin can be sensitive or become sensitised.  There are several factors that can impact the severity of symptoms and we will look at these more closely.

Sensitive skin

True sensitive skin is considered to be a genetic disposition, where you have been exposed to one or more allergens that cause an immune response. Your family may have a history of skin sensitivities. You have likely been sensitive since you were a child.  You are more prone to skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis or rosacea.

Sensitised skin

Is considered when you have normal healthy skin and experience a reaction after exposure to a potential irritant (or combination). This could be related to fragrance, preservatives, retinoids, acids, physical exfoliation and other ingredients in your beauty products.  Environmental exposure to sun, pollution and household or workplace chemicals can impact greatly on your skin. Hormones, diet and stress are also important factors to consider.

Symptoms.

Like me, you may have experienced redness, burning, itching, stinging, flaking, dry, tight, bumpy skin with swelling and a whole lot of discomfort. The skin barrier becomes impaired, and is further irritated by whatever it comes into contact with.  Making it hard to find products that feel comfortable and allow your skin barrier to heal.

 

Woman with sensitive skin.

 

Conditions.

If you see your GP or Dermatologist you may be diagnosed with an underlying condition such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne or an allergy. These conditions are explained briefly below:

  • Eczema is deemed a recurring, non-infectious, inflammatory skin condition that typically affects one in three Australasians in their lifetime. Atopic eczema is the most common form, where skin is often red, dry, itchy, scaly, and uncomfortable. In more serious cases the skin may also bleed, crust or become infected. It can be difficult to determine what the actual trigger is, and those affected often deal with ‘flare ups’ of the condition.

  • Rosacea is where the small surface capillaries of the skin enlarge, giving the face a permanent flushed or blushed look. It often appears for people between the ages of 30 and 50 years old, and is easily exacerbated by triggers such as alcohol, hot drinks, spicy food, anxiety, stress, and heat.

  • Psoriasis is a non-contagious inflammatory skin condition characterised by red scaly patches, itchiness and flaking. Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body, but is most commonly seen on the elbows, knees and scalp. Some medications have a tendency to exacerbate the symptoms of Psoriasis.

  • An allergy occurs when the body overreacts to an allergen or trigger that is normally harmless to the general population. The symptoms of an allergy range from mild to severe. These symptoms include watery and itchy eyes, watery nose, sneezing, wheezing, throat and tongue swelling, cough, swelling of the face and facial features, headache, rash, and digestion issues. Anaphylaxis is a life threatening severe reaction to an allergen, and requires immediate medical attention. The most common types of allergens are related to types of food, plants, medicines, insects, moulds, animals and chemicals.

  • Acne is caused by inflammation of the hair follicles and is most commonly found in the face, back and chest. Acne usually begins when you are a teenager, but may persist well into your adult years. Causes may be the production of too much sebum (oil), hormonal changes, lifestyle factors, and comedogenic (pore blocking) skin care or make up.

Diagnosis.

Seek help from your GP or dermatologist.

  • Be prepared for your visit.

  • Keep a record of any relevant family medical history, diet, lifestyle, medications, photos, and dates of flare ups.

  • Arrange allergy testing.

  • Turn up to the appointment makeup free so that the doctor can assess your skin in a natural state.

 

Help For Your Sensitive Skin.

Here are some websites to help you find more specific information within Australia: 

 

Feel free to share your story in our comments section below. Enjoy!!

Disclaimer: the information provided in this blog is not intended to replace professional medical advice, please seek professional help for any skin concerns you may have.

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