Is My Skin Barrier Damaged?

skin health Feb 08, 2023

Your skin is your body's first line of defense against the outside world. It protects you from harmful bacteria and pollution, regulates your body temperature, and keeps you hydrated. 

If you're noticing that your skin isn't looking or feeling its best, it might be because your skin barrier is compromised. Keep reading to learn more about the signs of a compromised skin barrier, how you can restore it, and when you should see a medical aesthetician.

What is the skin barrier?

The skin barrier is the outermost layer of the skin. It helps protect your body from environmental stressors like bacteria, viruses, and pollution. The skin barrier is made up of the stratum corneum. That's the outermost layer of the skin. It's made up of dead skin cells that are held together by lipids. The skin barrier also helps regulate body temperature and keep the skin hydrated.

What are the signs that my skin barrier is compromised?

When the skin barrier is compromised, it can no longer effectively protect the body from environmental stressors. This can lead to a number of problems, including dry skin, increased sensitivity, redness, and itchiness. In some cases, a compromised skin barrier can also lead to further problems, such as eczema or psoriasis.

There are a number of different factors that can contribute to a compromised skin barrier. These include genetics, age, lifestyle choices, and certain medical conditions. Certain skincare products can also contribute to a compromised skin barrier. For example, products that contain harsh chemicals or fragrances can strip away the natural oils that help protect the skin.

If you suspect that your skin barrier is compromised, it's important to see a skincare professional such as our Medical Aesthetician at EASTND for an evaluation. They will be able to determine if your symptoms are indicative of a problem with your skin barrier. If so, they will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will help restore your skin's natural protective barrier.

How can I restore my skin barrier?

Many people don't realize that their skin barrier can be compromised. A compromised skin barrier can lead to a number of problems, such as dry skin, increased sensitivity, and itchiness. There are a number of different factors that can contribute to a compromised skin barrier, but the good news is that there are also a number of ways to restore it.

Microneedling is a natural and safe treatment that can restore your skin barrier by promoting the production of collagen and elastin, two essential proteins that give your skin its structure and elasticity. The procedure involves making tiny punctures in the skin using a special tool, which triggers the body's natural healing response and increases blood flow to the treated area. This process stimulates the growth of new skin cells, improves the skin's texture, and helps to repair any damage to the skin barrier. Additionally, the punctures created during the treatment allow for better absorption of skincare products, which can further enhance the rejuvenating effects of the procedure. 

"Now if you want to take it up a notch adding Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) to your microneedling treatment can enhance its rejuvenating effects even further."

PRP is derived from the patient's own blood and contains a high concentration of growth factors and other bioactive proteins that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. When PRP is applied to the skin during a microneedling treatment, it can further boost the skin's natural healing process and help to repair any damage to the skin barrier. The result is a more radiant, youthful complexion with improved texture and tone. Furthermore, PRP has been shown to have a number of additional benefits for the skin, such as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin elasticity, and promoting overall skin health. Thus, combining PRP with microneedling can provide a comprehensive and effective solution for restoring your skin barrier and achieving a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.

When should I see a medical aesthetician about my skin barrier?

If you're unsure about the condition of your skin barrier, it's always best to consult with a professional. A medical aesthetician can help you determine if your skin barrier is compromised and offer guidance on what to do next.

If over-the-counter treatments and home remedies haven't helped, it may be time to see an aesthetician. If you're experiencing any pain, burning, stinging, or redness, these could be signs that your skin barrier is compromised.

A medical aesthetician can also offer guidance if you have general concerns about the health of your skin. They will be able to assess your individual needs and recommend the best course of action.

Are you in Moncton? Take this opportunity to have a professional natural skin rejuvenation treatment with our medical aesthetician at EASTND.


MONCTON at 1.506.830.8333 or email at [email protected] 

Karen, Medical Aesthetician

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