Sensitive Skin Syndrome: Sensory Response and Classification

July 2, 2008 | Contact Author | By: Miranda A. Farage, PhD, the Procter & Gamble Company and Howard I. Maibach, MD, Univeristy of California School of Medicine
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Although a complete analysis of sensitive skin syndrome was recently published, research on said syndrome faces several difficulties. There is a lack of consensus in the medical and scientific communities for classifying sensory responses to irritants. Available methods at this time do not allow sensitive skin participants to consistently distinguish unpleasant sensory effects associated with the use of some products. Sensory responses are affected by factors such as gender, age, race, body site, culture and environment. These difficulties will be briefly addressed in a series of three articles here in “A Dermatological View.”

This first article addresses the need for a meaningful classification system for sensitive skin syndrome.