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Sensitive Skin Saviour: Metronidazole and Hydrocortisone for Relief

January 12, 2024
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Sensitive Skin Saviour Treatment

Perfect skin. Does it exist? Or is it the stuff of Photoshop dreams? For those of us who suffer with sensitive skin, or skin sensitive to touch, it can certainly seem like a lie the beauty industry feeds us.  

Sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, and dermatitis can make it hard to feel good about your skin. They wreak havoc when you least want it, and are incredibly tricky and stubborn to get rid of. Fortunately, hyper sensitive skin has a friend in MiQuest: a forward-thinking skin prescription company that provides sensitive skin products that actually work.

What are the Characteristics of Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive skin is skin that’s much more prone to overreacting. Yes, that’s right - sensitive skin is the drama queen of the skin world. It will flare up, itch, feel tight, and generally make a scene whenever it feels the need. That’s because it’s delicate. Sensitive skin is fragile in comparison to normal skin. Where normal skin will have zero reaction, sensitive skin will be making a song and dance about coming into contact with something it doesn’t like. But don’t ever feel alone - according to Tesco and a Dermacare U&A study, Insight Inside, 2021, a massive 40% of the UK population has sensitive skin.

Why Does My Skin Feel Sensitive?

Skin sensitivity can occur for a number of reasons. Skin could become sensitive due to an underlying health issue, or it might be something in your environment that’s triggering it. However infuriating your sensitive skin is, the fact is that your skin sensitivity isn’t actually the problem - it’s the symptom for something else that’s going on.  

Skin sensitivity can be a sign of -  

  • Rosacea - an inflammatory skin condition that is often long term. Skin appears red and could be mistaken for a rash. Usually occurs on cheeks and nose. The cause is not known but could be a result of a reaction to microscopic face mites, or an abnormality in the blood vessels on the face
  • Eczema - a common, inflammatory skin condition that presents as dry, scaly cracked skin, often extremely itchy. The cause is usually either an allergy to either a food substance or something in the patient’s environment
  • Dermatitis - common skin concern that makes skin dry and itchy, irritated, and sometimes swollen. The cause is usually due to contact with detergents, soaps, or too much contact with water
  • Psoriasis - a common skin concern that causes skin to form dry flaky scales. Can be caused by an issue with the immune system, genetics, the weather, stress, an infection, and much more…
  • Allergic contact dermatitis - causes skin to become inflamed, dry, itchy and red. Can be caused by coming into contact with certain metals or cosmetic products  

Fortunately, dry sensitive skin isn’t something you have to simply put up with. There are specialised skincare ingredients that can really help tame skin sensitivity.

Metronidazole - What is it?

At MiQuest, we prescribe Metronidazole to treat sensitive skin conditions including rosacea, acne, and skin that’s inflamed (1). It is also often used in the treatment of infections that are bacterial or parasitic.  

Hydrocortisone - What is it?

We also turn to the assistance of Hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone is a steroid that works by soothing down the immune response. This enables it to help calm sensitive skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis, and reduce inflammation (2).

A Tailored Dermatologically-Tested Formula

At MiQuest, we understand just how frustrating sensitive skin can be. There’s the intense itch you can feel when you’re going through an eczema flare-up, or the painful hot sensation that comes with rosacea. Sensitive skin can take its toll, and that’s why our formulation scientists work hard to create products that truly work.

By combining metronidazole with hydrocortisone, we’ve come up with a powerful, tailored formula that gets to work fast on sensitive skin. It’s dermatologically tested and each and every product is tailored to your own specific sensitive skin concern.

Smart Drug Delivery System

Tailored ingredients are one thing, but how can we ensure those tailored ingredients actually reach the places they need to go? At MiQuest we use a smart drug delivery system that ensures the active ingredients in your Q-Stick are delivered to specific sites in your skin, at their optimum concentration (3). This technology works on a bespoke basis, and we alter the system depending on the skin type and skin conditions of each patient.  

So, while you might be able to go into a shop and buy a product that contains niacinamide or tretinoin for instance, you can’t simply pick up a product off the shelf and expect it to work in harmony with your skin - like the way a MiQuest product does.

How to Use: Sensitive Skin Products

When you subscribe to MiQuest you receive products that are tailored specifically to your skin. There are just three steps in the morning and three in the evening. It’s minimum input from you, but maximum results thanks to those tailored active ingredients.

In the morning, you use your cleanser for sensitive skin, follow it with your MiQuest moisturiser, and finally apply your broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen for sensitive skin. And that’s it for the morning.

When evening swings by, make sure you cleanse again, then moisturise, and finally finish up with your Q-Stick. This is where all your active ingredients are stored - ready to be soaked up by your skin as you sleep. Applying your Q-Stick at night is the perfect time as your skin isn’t having to contend with any external environmental factors.

Retinol for Sensitive Skin

If you’re interested in incorporating retinol into your skincare routine, it’s certainly possible - even with sensitive skin. When you start your MiQuest journey, we’ll use our AI scanning technology to take a scan of your face so we can see the areas of concern you’d like to address. If anti-ageing is one of those concerns we can look at including a retinol into your Q-Stick.  

Your Skincare Journey Starts Now

When you choose MiQuest, you’re embarking on a skin transformation journey - but you’re not doing it alone. Our experts are here to prescribe and advise and monitor your skin as you move forward. That means we can tailor your skin creams, focus on specific areas of concern, and adjust ingredient strengths as you progress. Find out more about the skin concerns we treat right here.

References:  
  1. KJ McClellan, S Noble, Topical Metronidazole A Review of its Use in Rosacea. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2000
  1. Green, C., Colquitt, J.L., Kirby, J. and Davidson, P., 2005. Topical corticosteroids for atopic eczema: clinical and cost effectiveness of once‐daily vs. more frequent use. British Journal of Dermatology, 152(1), pp.130-141.
  1. Alvarez-Lorenzo, C. and Concheiro, A., 2014. Smart drug delivery systems: from fundamentals to the clinic. Chemical communications, 50(58), pp.7743-7765.

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