Skin Inflammation

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Subject: Skin Inflammation

What? Skin can be so sensitive sometimes so really anything can set your skin off. Different temperatures, allergies, and environments can cause skin inflammation. When treating the skin it is important for the esthetician to recognize when the client has a condition that is out of their scope of practice to work with because they could worsen the condition or leave the client vulnerable to an infection. Inflammation can be caused by bacteria (acne 3 and 4) skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, an abrasion or allergic reactions. these conditions are best treated by a doctor before attempting any skin treatments like waxing or facials

Why? History Skin inflammation or rashes can be caused by heat, allergies, or infections. They come in many forms. Examples are rashes that occur with skin itching and redness, to chronic conditions such as dermatitis (eczema) and rosacea. Inflamed skin conditions are very common. Really anything can set it off including allergies, infections, and/or hot or cold temperatures. Skin inflammation can be put into two categories, acute or chronic. An example of acute is a result from exposure to UV radiation, allergens, or contact with chemicals. Chronic is more intense, long lasting, and can cause tissue damage.

How does it relate to the skin? Acute inflammation occurs when you get a bug bite or get scratched. Skin is usually resistant to harmful elements, but it can still be sensitive to certain bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Inflammation comes in many forms, for example rashes with skin itching and redness, to chronic conditions such as, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis. Skin can be very sensitive to certain things like bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Inflammation can present in many different ways like itching, redness, rashes. When treating the skin it is important for the esthetician to recognize when the client has a condition that is out of their scope of practice to work with because they could worsen the condition or leave the client vulnerable to an opportunistic infection.

Where does it typically occur? Rashes can occur with blisters, red patches, dry skin, itching and burning. Inflammation can be stopped with the right diagnosis. On the other hand chronic inflammation results from a prolonged immune inflammatory response within the skin. Acute inflammation occurs in the vascular connective tissues. For example that would be blood vessels and plasma. It can last minutes, hours, days, and only a little damage could occur. Chronic inflammation can last from weeks to years and happens in the skin itself.

When? (Implications) Different skin irritations can be seen at different times and for different reasons. Eczema can be a reaction to allergens, or it can be genetic. Rosacea occurs in cycles for some. Heat rash can occur when the body is exposed to very high temperatures. Acute inflammation can result from exposure to UV radiation, allergens, or to contact with irritants like soap or hair dyes. Chronic inflammation can happen when you’re exposed to UV radiation or chemical irritants.

Who benefits from this? Individuals who experience these symptoms should see their dermatologist. There are over the counter remedies, but a person should consult a dermatologist first. Inflammatory skin conditions affect millions of Americans who annually spend a lot of time to treat their symptoms. If you’re experiencing skin inflammation you should always refer to your dermatologist. They will diagnose your issue, make a treatment plan, and get a prescription for medicine or give you at home remedies.

What causes this? Reactions to the environment, genetics, allergies and viruses are all possible causes of different skin inflammations. The process of skin inflammation is complex. When the skin is exposed to a trigger such as UV radiation, or soaps or fragrances, the cells in the skin produce different inflammatory hormones called cytokines. Skin can be so sensitive sometimes so really anything can set your skin off. Different temperatures, allergies, and environments can cause skin inflammation.

How? Solutions (Mechanical / Machine) Inflammation of the skin can result in a damaged skin barrier function. It can result in cracks in the skin that allow pathogens entry into the body. It is best to treat these breaks as a contraindication. If a procedure leaves an opening in the barrier (waxing and extraction) it is important to use implements that have been through an autoclave or dry sterilizer protocol.

How? Solutions (Non Mechanical) Having good hygiene and keeping skin clean can also reduce your chances. A person should avoid allergens and environmental pollutants. Chronic or acute skin conditions can usually be treated with medicines or prescription lotions by a medical professional.

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