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Sensitive Skin

  • Laurent MiseryEmail author


Sensitive skin is defined as the “occurrence of unpleasant sensations (stinging, burning, pain, pruritus and tingling sensations) in response to stimuli which normally should not provoke such sensations. These symptoms may be accompanied by erythema or not. Sensitive skin is not only limited to the face”. The triggering factors can be physical (ultraviolet radiations, heat, cold, and wind), chemical (cosmetics, soaps, water, and pollutants), and occasionally psychological (stress) or hormonal (menstrual cycle). Sensitive skin was initially described on the face but other localizations are possible. Sensitive skin is very frequent since it can occur in the half of the population. Itch is frequent. Sensitive appears as a consequence of an alteration of epidermal nerve endings.


Itch Pruritus Sensitive skin Paresthesia Pain Nerve Neuropeptide TRP 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Neurosciences of Brest and Department of DermatologyUniversity Hospital and University of BrestBrestFrance

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