Our Skin Philosophy

Here at Thistle and Rose, we practice 'corneotherapy".

Corneotherapy is a remedial skin treatment methodology with its core principle being the repair and maintenance of the skin barrier defence systems. As the name suggests, Corneotherapy is closely related to Corneobiology, which is the physiological, biologic and biochemical processes of the stratum corneum; the outermost layer of the epidermis.

Corneotherapy is a way of treating skin and this methodology of treatment only works when physiological components that mimic your skin's structure and function are applied directly to the skin (outside in therapy), while only the purest of ingredients are sourced from around the world to which then go through highly strict Corneotherapeutic regulations to which MUST meet this criteria of repair, replenish and regenerate.

Our skin's main role is to produce, form and care for our barrier defence systems during our time on earth. Continually working to protect the inner world from the outer world and the outer world from the inner world.

If one of our defence systems is disrupted, damaged or impaired there will be a flow on effect to other cells and systems of the skin barrier, as they do not act separately, but continually influence each other.

The skin has many lines of defence;

-the physical barrier

-the immunological barrier

-the biochemical barrier

3 Lines of Physical Barrier Defence;

1. Acid mantle and the microbiome

2. Stratum corneum

3. Multi lamellar structure or permeability layer

The Immunological Barrier

1. Adaptive immune system

2. Innate immune system

The Biochemical Layer

This layer is composed of lipids, antiomicrobial peptides and other molecules.

Dr. Albert Kligman, M.D., Ph.D (1916-2010) who founded corneotherapy says 

"Corneotherapy refers to preventive interventions that are primarily directed into he correction and restoration of the stratum corner barrier that has been rendered defective and impaired by disease, genetics and a variety of mechanical, physical, chemical and psychological external insults and stresses.


Our Skin Consultations are second to none. We delve deep into your skin history, explain what is happening with your skin and prescribe a tailored skin plan for you. Please book in for a Skin Consultation (currently scheduling online appointments here whilst we are closed due to government restrictions) to commence your journey.

Thank you for choosing us to give TLC to your largest organ xx