Risk factors associated with sensitive skin and potential role of lifestyle habits: a cross-sectional study

Clin Exp Dermatol. 2017 Aug;42(6):656-658. doi: 10.1111/ced.13133. Epub 2017 May 22.


Sensitive skin (SS) is a widespread condition, but still not completely understood. To identify risk factors that increase the likelihood of SS, 258 women aged between 20 and 65 years old and resident in the Netherlands were surveyed by questionnaire, which included questions on sociodemographic characteristics (age group, Fitzpatrick skin type, hormonal status), health state (atopic predisposition, skin diseases) and lifestyle habits (history of smoking and of sun exposure, frequency of physical exercise). Analysis of the responses confirmed that atopic predisposition, presence of skin diseases and Fitzpatrick skin types I and II are risk factors significantly associated with SS. In addition, as current or past smoking and a history of low sun exposure showed a trend to increase the likelihood of reporting SS, we suggest that the potential role of lifestyle factors in the onset or exacerbation of SS should be investigated further.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Habits
  • Humans
  • Hypersensitivity / complications
  • Life Style*
  • Middle Aged
  • Skin Diseases / etiology*
  • Skin Pigmentation
  • Somatosensory Disorders / etiology*
  • Sunlight / adverse effects
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult