The Active Edit

How To Stop Sensitive Skin

written by: Maddie - Beauty Editorpublished on 10 Aug, 2023

Discover The Dermalogica Stabilizing Repair Cream

We are excited to bring you a new product from Dermalogica, Stabilizing Repair Cream. If you struggle with sensitive skin, redness, or irritation, this could be just what you’ve been looking for! The ultra-soothing actives calm on contact, helping to break the pattern of sensitive skin as they immediately comfort and help skin become more resilient over time. We quizzed Dermalogica’s Education Manager Victoria Evans on the subject of the skin’s barrier and how this product works to help stop sensitive skin.

In a nutshell, what is this new repairing moisturiser and who’s it for?

Stabilizing Repair Cream helps stop sensitive skin in as little as one week! (See the clinical study evidence below) It’s a barrier repairing moisturiser that helps to break the pattern of sensitive skin. This balmy cream immediately comforts skin and help it to become more resilient over time.

This is a daily moisturiser for anyone who has sensitive or reactive skin - redness, dryness, irritation. It’s a rich balmy cream formula that melts into skin to instantly relieve irritation and barrier issues. It can be used as part of your AM and/or PM regimen.

What’s the difference between a sensitive skin type and temporary sensitivity?

When it comes to diagnosing a sensitive skin, as a Professional Skin Therapist there are a few things we look at to determine whether you have a genetically sensitive skin or acquired skin sensitivity. Ultimately both conditions present the same symptoms, but the cause or trigger is different. 

Sensitive skin is a genetic skin type. You are born with a defective skin barrier, are likely to be intolerant to topical products and may have associated allergies such as hay fever, and be prone to inflammatory skin disorders like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. This skin type needs lifelong, daily management.


Sensitised skin is an acquired skin condition. This is related to the effects of your lifestyle and environment. Skin sensitivity can affect all skin types and the triggers are numerous.

What are some of the common triggers of skin sensitivity?

Lifestyle such as high stress levels, poor sleep, spicy foods, alcohol, smoking and time outdoors in the elements are all factors that can heighten nerve responses or damage the skin’s protective barrier.

Environmental factors like Pollution, UV exposure, high or low humidity, harsh weather, central heating, and air conditioning can all contribute to skin irritation and barrier damage.

Topical products we apply to our skin, particularly if we overdo it! Over-exfoliation, excessive use of acids or retinoids, along with stripping cleansers and drying spot treatments are all examples of ways we may be inadvertently sensitising our skin.

What are the ingredients that deliver the calming and repairing results?

This formula contains a proprietary Ceramide-Building Complex to provide nourishing lipids, strengthening skin’s barrier to lock in moisture and help keep signs of sensitivity at bay. Soothing Cica helps to balance skin’s moisture content and Tasmania Lanceolota Extract soothes skin and helps reduce the appearance of redness.

There are lots of products that use ceramides, what makes this any different?

Ceramides are lipids (fats) that naturally occur in the skin, comprising up to 50% of skin’s natural moisture barrier. Topical ceramides can help strengthen skin’s barrier – supporting skin hydration and guarding against irritation. The latest in ceramide technology found in Stabilizing Repair Cream not only replaces lost lipids in skin’s barrier but helps skin produce its own ceramides for longer lasting benefits.


This product claims to stop sensitivity in one week – tell us more!

Stabilizing Repair Cream is clinically proven to help stop sensitive skin within 1 week.* 

An independent, third-party clinical test* of 31 subjects demonstrated that Stabilizing Repair Cream displayed exceptional product efficacy, delivering a visible reduction in redness, irritation, and itchiness within 1 week. (2 applications/day for 8 weeks).

How do I introduce Stabilizing Repair Cream into my regimen?

Follow Dermalogica’s simple Prep, Treat and Glow regimen steps with formulas designed to soothe and calm the skin. Here’s my top product picks to introduce to your regimen. Remember, with sensitive skin, less is more whilst skin repairs and stabilises so keep your routine simple.

PREP: Micellar Prebiotic PreCleanse and UltraCalming Cleanser for a nourishing and gentle double cleanse boosted with skin balancing prebiotics. 

TREAT: UltraCalming Serum Concentrate is a super-concentrated serum to calm, restore and defend sensitised skin. An exclusive UltraCalming™ Complex contains Oat and botanicals to ease sensitisation, as peptides plus Oil of Evening Primrose, Sunflower Seed and Avocado extracts help defend against future assaults. 

GLOW: Stabilizing Repair Cream to break the pattern of sensitive skin, instantly calming and soothing followed by Invisible Physical Defence SPF30 in your morning regimen for chemical free, non-irritating UV protection.