Sensitivity 2018-02-06T17:57:14+00:00


When skin demands serious relief, trust new UltraCalming™ from the skin health experts at Dermalogica.

Treat the multiple triggers behind inflammation for lasting relief from sensitivity flare-ups.

Itching, burning, stinging and redness are the obvious signs of sensitive skin. The triggers behind these sensations are less clear: genetics, hormones, stress, chemical assaults, foods and even aggressive skin treatments can intensify skin’s highly reactive state.


How it works


Above image showing the damaging effect of a damaged skin barrier.

The common thread behind irritation, flushing and stinging is inflammation. When paired with the loss of skin’s protective barrier, skin health is compromised and becomes highly reactive.

UltraCalming™ contains UltraCalming™ Complex, our exclusive complex clinically proven to control neurogenic and immunogenic inflammatory pathways that lead to skin sensitivity.

Lipid Barrier Breakdown

In order to maximise our treatment regimen to control and alleviate sensitisation prised of ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol, the lipid barrier layer not only maintains water balance in the skin by inhibiting  trans epidermal water loss (TEWL), but it also protects against environmental stimuli such as microbes, chemicals and physical factors.

Any of the above stimuli may evoke a cutaneous (skin) reaction, leading to sensitisation, inflammation and even disease. associated with both immunogenic and neurogenic inflammation, we must consider one other factor, namely, the lipid barrier layer and its impact on sensitised skin.

Because of the lipid barrier’s protective role, maintaining the integrity of the barrier lipids is an important factor in controlling skin sensitisation. 

The lipid barrier layer may be compromised by the use of soap and water which strips the lipids from the skin (resulting in tautness), extremely low (2.5-3.5) or high (above 8) pH products, AHA products, alcohol in products and over-exfoliation, among other things.

Recent studies have shown that patients with dermatitis, have deficiencies in the three lipids: ceramides, cholesterol and free fatty acids. Corrective therapy with a triple lipid mixture not only helped restore the barrier layer of the epidermis, but also resulted in a reduction of inflammation.

Immunogenic Inflammation

Triggered by the immune system, skin inflammation is caused by a foreign substance such as pollen or artificial fragrances.

Neurogenic Inflammation
Triggered by the nervous system, sensitised or inflamed skin may be the result of the environment, chemicals or physical and emotional stress. (Figure 1.)

Loss of Protective Barrier
Excess exfoliation, exposure to soap and water, even psychological stress can compromise the skin’s protective barrier, lowering tolerance against potential stressors resulting in sensitisation and irritation.

UltraCalming™ contains UltraCalming™ Complex, our exclusive complex clinically proven to control neurogenic and immunogenic inflammatory pathways that lead to skin sensitivity.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why does UltraCalming™ not contain Hydrocortisone?

Hydrocortisone is a steroid used to reduce inflammation. Its purpose is to provide short term relief, not long term control of itching and redness, for which UltraCalming™ products are designed. When Hydrocortisone is used continually or long term, skin can build up a resistance and require stronger steroids for a result. In addition, Hydrocortisone has the potential drawback of thinning skin.

  • Can UltraCalming™ be used with oily or acne skin conditions?

Yes. Sensitisation can affect any skin and every UltraCalming™ product can be supplemented into a core regime when needed. UltraCalming™ Serum Concentrate and UltraCalming™ Relief Mask are excellent treatment products to use as needed, especially when skin is sensitised by the environment or stress. Inflammation is commonly present in acne prone skin. If your acne prone client has evidence of extreme redness and inflammation, perhaps from using a topical acne medication like Differin or from taking oral Isotretinoin (previously marketed as Accutane), you can use UltraCalming™ with some key products from the MediBac Clearing® system. Often times acne breakouts will improve when the associated inflammation is reduced.

  • What role does stress play on sensitised skin?

Emotional and physical stress can also induce skin itchiness, inhibit wound healing and aggravate inflammation. The elevated levels of stress hormones cause inflammatory reactions in the body, which can lead to many forms of skin and overall health concerns. Always try to build stress relieving techniques into your week.


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