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.
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