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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 419-423

The Sensitive Skin Syndrome


1 Department of Dermatology, University of California, Davis, USA
2 Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco, USA

Correspondence Address:
Howard I Maibach
Department of Dermatology, University of California, Box 0989, 90 Medical Center Way, Surge 110, San Francisco
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.103059

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Sensitive skin syndrome (SSS) is a common and challenging condition, yet little is known about its underlying pathophysiology. Patients with SSS often present with subjective complaints of severe facial irritation, burning, and/or stinging after application of cosmetic products. These complaints are out of proportion to the objective clinical findings. Defined as a self-diagnosed condition lacking any specific objective findings, SSS is by definition difficult to quantify and, therefore, the scientific community has yet to identify an acceptable objective screening test. In this overview we review recent epidemiological studies, present current thinking on the pathophysiology leading to SSS, discuss the challenges SSS presents, and recommend a commonsense approach to management.


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