Controversies regarding the sensitive skin syndrome

Dan Slodownik, Jason Williams, Adriene Lee, Bruce Tate, Rosemary Nixon*

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Patients commonly complain about sensitive skin, yet this condition is not fully appreciated or understood by the medical community. While it is broadly associated with discomfort induced by environmental factors, there is no consensus about its definition and classification. By contrast, the cosmetic industry has been well aware of consumers' perceived need for products suitable for sensitive skins and the resulting lucrative market for such products. Host factors identified as risk factors for the sensitive skin syndrome include young age, female gender and atopy. The variability in clinical manifestations and the lack of clarity regarding a definition of sensitive skin makes it hard to establish a single, reliable, diagnostic procedure. Bioengineering tools are a promising way to evaluate this condition; however, no particular method has been established as a gold standard. Similarly, there is no established treatment regime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-584
Number of pages6
JournalExpert Review of Dermatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
Swedish Cancer Foundation


    • Allergy
    • Atopy
    • Bioengineering
    • Classification
    • Contact dermatitis
    • Host factors
    • Irritatation
    • Rosacea
    • Seborrheic eczema


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