Skin sensitivity and skin microbiota: Is there a link?

Exp Dermatol. 2018 Sep;27(9):1061-1064. doi: 10.1111/exd.13686. Epub 2018 Jul 30.


Sensitive skin is defined by the occurrence of unpleasant sensations, accompanied or not by erythema, in response to stimuli which normally should not provoke such sensations and that cannot be linked to skin disease. Even if its pathophysiology is not completely known, hyper-reactivity of the cutaneous nervous system associated with an abnormal skin barrier has been hypothesized as a primary culprit including more recently a role of the cutaneous microbiota. The objective of this short review is to discuss the relationship between the skin microbiota, skin sensitivity and the skin barrier function.

Keywords: cosmetic; microbiome; prebiotic; sensitive skin; skin barrier function; skin microbiota.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Review
  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Microbiota*
  • Skin / microbiology*
  • Skin / physiopathology
  • Skin Diseases / microbiology*
  • Skin Diseases / physiopathology
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena