Triggers for sensitive skin: cosmetics top the list in meta-analysis

  • Brenaut E & al.
  • J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol
  • 30/09/2019

  • Brian Richardson, PhD
  • Clinical Essentials
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Takeaway

  • Cosmetics are the greatest triggering factor for unpleasant symptoms in patients with sensitive skin, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.
  • Wet air, air conditioning, heat, and water also made the list.

Why this matters

  • Little is known about the effects of triggering factors on sensitive skin.

Key results

  • Important triggering factors for sensitive skin included:
    • Cosmetics (OR, 7.12; 95% CI, 3.98-12.72).
    • Wet air (OR, 3.83; 95% CI, 2.48-5.91).
    • Air conditioning (OR, 3.60; 95% CI, 2.11-6.14).
    • Heat (OR, 3.5; 95% CI, 2.69-4.63).
    • Water (OR, 3.46; 95% CI, 2.56-4.77).

Study design

  • 13 studies were included in the meta-analysis.
  • Funding: None.

Limitations

  • Heterogeneity between included studies.