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Defining the susceptibility of acne-prone and sensitive skin populations to extrinsic factors.

PMID: 1827062  

Acne-Prone Skin. Acne-prone skin appears to be more susceptible to certain extrinsic factors that can either exacerbate existing disease or generate new lesions. Awareness of the factors that could worsen or interfere with therapy is important. In addition, identification of patients with minimal acne who are prone to outbreaks from extrinsic factors and provision of relevant advice could prove beneficial to significant numbers of patients. Sensitive Skin. From the perspective of our research, the definition of sensitive skin is still evolving. Certain individuals may view sensitive skin as fashionable; however, clinicians and the people who work in the personal-care industry know that when certain materials are applied to the skin, some individuals report symptoms (burning, stinging, itching, a tight feeling) and sometimes show traditional signs of irritation. The reasons for sensitive skin in these individuals may be obvious, but many times the complaints and signs of irritation occur in individuals who appear to be normal. Using our ongoing work we would like to suggest that the label “sensitive skin” apply to the following four categories: 1. Those individuals with obvious skin disease. 2. Those individuals with subclinical (mild) or atypical clinical signs of disease. 3. Those individuals who have experienced past insults to the skin. 4. Those individuals who do not fit into one of the above three categories and appear to be “normal”. To define sensitive skin fully we may need to perform full profiles of the skin of these patients. In addition to history and examination, a battery of noninvasive tests may be helpful.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Mills OH Jr,  Berger RS


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