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Sensitive Skin: Three Questions and Their Answers


‘Sensitive Skin Needs Special Care’

I often get asked three regular questions when it comes to sensitive skin. I have decided to write them down and the answers I give to my patients in the hope that it will help everyone who suffers from sensitive skin and is not sure of the answers and where to go to get an unbiased opinion or the best skin care regime. So if you suffer from sensitive skin with combination skin concerns or breakouts or not sure which cleanser to use then read more here:



Question 1:

I think many people assume that sensitive skin is linked to dry skin. But that isn’t true, right? During summer I have combination / oily skin that tends to break out. Can’t that also indicate an impaired barrier and skin sensitivity?


This is a common problem for many people, in summer we tend to sweat a little bit more and this can cause mild breakouts and an impaired skin barrier can also make this happen, what we need to do is build up and heal the skin and this can be done with the correct skin regime, the NeoStrata Skin Active Range with growth factors, peptides, Vitamin A and glycolic acid is perfect for this to improve the health, function and appearance of the skin. Here I would recommend to start with the day cream, Skin Active Matrix Support SPF 30 and the night cream, Skin Active Cellular Restoration.


Increased sensitivity is sometimes confused with a medical condition known as Rosacea. People with Rosacea tend to get very red on their cheeks and/or forehead and/or chin. Other areas may be involved including the neck and chest. Typically the redness on the skin is associated with hot baths, spicy food, stress, exercise and occasionally no real trigger factor can be found. Rosacea is a collection of fine veins in the skin and the exact reason for it developing is not 100% known. It is more common in women than men and more common in paler skin types and in some cases may be linked to bacterial and even fungal infections.

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Question 2:

So whether you have sensitive skin that is dry or that is prone to oil, can you use the same type of cleanser?


Yes, you can, but I would use a very gentle cleanser like the NeoStrata Facial Cleanser or the SkinCeuticals Simply Clean and control the oil and dehydration by using serums for when this happens to you skin, for example, for the oily times add the NeoStrata Oil Control Gel to those areas and when you feel dehydrated add the Skin Active Dermal Replenishment.

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Question 3:

How important is the correct cleanser when it comes to treating sensitive skin?


The correct cleanser is very important; if you use a cleanser that is too harsh for your skin you will make the problem worse due to the irritation and excessive exfoliation that can take place with active ingredient skin products.

Question 4:

So I have sensitive skin that is prone to oiliness – can I still use exfoliants? And what is the best type to use – scrubs or AHAs (and which type)?


Yes, you can still use exfoliants, definitely not scrubs, as they will irritate the skin and actually interfere with the natural pH balance. When this happens the skin produces more sebum and pores become enlarged and blocked and the skin may appear more sensitive. So mild AHA’s are best: I would suggest the NeoStrata Skin Active Exfoliating Face Wash followed by the NeoStrata Ultra Smoothing Cream at night every third night.

Excellent Reads: How To Exfoliate Your Skin & Treating Sensitive Skin: Choosing The Right Ingredients

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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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2 thoughts on “Sensitive Skin: Three Questions and Their Answers

  1. Kerry says:

    thank you for the great information, will put it to good use!

  2. linda says:

    excellent article and love the way everything is hyperlinked to what you need to know

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