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Quick Reference Guide For Sensitive Skin

Red Reactive Skin No More

Check out our short helpful  guide to assist you in getting the perfect skin care regime for sensitive skin.

This is SkinMiles and Dr Alek Nikolic’s quick guide for anyone who suffers from sensitive skin. Get educated or directed in what sensitive skin is, what the causes of sensitive skin are, treatment guidelines, and what sensitive skin care products  are recommended by Dr Alek Nikolic for your skin care regime.

Why Are You Blushing?

Some of us are unlucky to suffer from a red and reactive skin even when applying gentle skin care products. Some of us may even experience a bright red skin after exercise, hot baths, or eating spicy foods or after drinking hot drinks. This may be Rosacea and if so it would need medical attention.

“Rosacea is characterised by 100’s of tiny veins in the superficial part of the skin that allow increased blood flow to the skin surface giving a bright red appearance to the affected areas. Almost like blushing!” – Dr Alek Nikolic

Often the culprit for sensitive skin is a specific ingredient or the way we are taking care of our skins so understanding what a good skin care regime is vital for our skin’s health.


  • Skin allergy to:
    1. Ingredients in skin care products
    2. Household cleaners
    3. Clothes and jewellery
  • Dramatic changes in environmental temperature
  • Dirt & Pollution
  • Excessive cleansing or using hard granular scrubs or brushes
  • Hormone changes
  • Stress

Dr Alek’s Sensitive Skin Tips

Treatment Recommendations:

Avoid The Following:

  • Overly abrasive scrubs (such as those that contain aluminium oxide crystals, walnut shells, or pumice)
  • Astringents containing irritating ingredients (alcohol and menthol being the prime offenders)
  • Toners containing irritating ingredients (alcohol and menthol being the prime offenders)
  • Scrub mitts
  • Cold or hot water
  • Steaming or icing the skin
  • Facial masks containing irritating ingredients (watch out for fragrant essential oils and polyvinyl alcohol)
  • Loofahs
  • Bar soaps and bar cleansers

Need More Info?

  1. Further Reading & Recommended In Depth Articles:

  1. For More Skincare Advice: 



  1. See Our Full Treatment Product List For Sensitive Skin: please click here

  2. Dr Alek Nikolic’s Top Picks for Sensitive Skin:



About Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic was born in South Africa and received his MBBCh (Wits) in 1992 and in 2000 he received his MBA (UCT). He has been in private practice for 24 years and is the owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement, which has offices in Cape Town. Dr Nikolic specialises in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. He is very driven and has lectured extensively and has performed live demonstrations throughout South Africa and Internationally including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw. Dr Nikolic’s focus is on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers. He has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and as such is responsible for training numerous medical practitioners both in South Africa and internationally. Dr Nikolic is one of the founding members of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy and chaired its inaugural launch in 2012. The Allergan Academy provides essential training to keep up with the latest technology in aesthetics. Dr Nikolic holds the advisory position of Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics and is the Allergan Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler Trainer. He is Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa (AAMSSA) and is an Associate Member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

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