Sensitive Skin Syndrome

2nd Edition

Editors : Golara Honari, Rosa Andersen, Howard L. Maibach


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Sensitive skin is a widely reported condition where there is subjective cutaneous hyper-reactivity to environmental factors. Progress has been made in many aspects of the background science that will help clinicians in their management of patients presenting with the condition. This new text sums up the advances in thinking on pathophysiology, classification, methods of investigation, and the different susceptibilities of different types of skin.

Table of Contents

Section I Introduction and Background

1 What is sensitive skin?
Renée J.H. Richters, Natallia E. Uzunbajakava, Piet E.J. van Erp, and Peter C.M. van de Kerkhof
2 Sensitive skin: a review of prevalence worldwide
Charles Taieb and Laurent Misery
3 Skin structure and function
Golara Honari
4 The somatosensory system
Francis McGlone and David Reilly

Section II Pathophysiology of Sensitive Skin

5 Stratum corneum and sensitive skin
Enzo Berardesca
6 Altered somatosensory pathways
Eun Ju Kim, Dong Hun Lee, and Jin Ho Chung
7 Itch and sensitive skin
Martin Schmelz

Section III Investigative Methods

8 Challenges of investigation
Lidia Maroñas-Jiménez, Elena González-Guerra, and Aurora Guerra-Tapia
9 Self-assessment of sensitive skin
Charles Taieb and Laurent Misery
10 Confocal Raman Micro-Spectroscopy: a new paradigm in the diagnosis of sensitive skin?
Denise Falcone, Natallia E. Uzunbajakava, Piet E.J. van Erp, and Peter C.M. van de Kerkhof
11 Regarding the quantification of the human skin barrier in Sensitive Skin Syndrome
Luís Monteiro Rodrigues, Henrique Silva, and Catarina Rosado
12 Irritant reactivity tests
David A. Basketter
13 Neurosensory assessment
Roland Jourdain

Section IV Clinical Considerations

14 Sensitive skin: there is a link with ethnicity?
Laurent Misery and Charles Taieb
15 Gender and age influence on sensitive skin
Rosa Marie Andersen
16 Sensitive skin: do we observe an impact on quality of life?
Laurent Misery and Charles Taieb
17 Perceived sensitive skin at different anatomic sites Miranda A. Farage
18 Sensitive skin and non-eczematous dermatoses
Ian McDonald, Helen Rea, and Martin Steinhoff
19 Sensitive skin and eczematous dermatoses
Arun C Inamadar and Aparna Palit

Section V Environmental Factors and Everyday Products

20 Influence of air pollution on skin
Sparsha Saxena and Golara Honari
21 Sensitive skin, skin care products and cosmetics
Enzo Berardesca
22 Fabrics and sensitive skin
Gerald E. Pierard and Howard I. Maibach

Section VI Management

23 Dermatotoxicology and sensitive skin syndrome
Golara Honari and Howard I. Maibach
24 Formulations for sensitive skin
Golara Honari and Howard I. Maibach
25 Treatments for sensitive skin
Martina Kerscher and Heike Buntrock


Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 26 × 37 × 3 cm

Editor(s) Bio

Golara Honari, MD
Department of Dermatology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA

Rosa Marie Andersen, MD
Department of Dermatology, University of California at San Francisco, CA, USA
and National Allergy Research Centre, Department of Dermato-allergology, Gentofte University Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Howard I. Maibach, MD
Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, CA, USA