Designing meaningful test results for sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is an increasingly recognized condition within dermatology and defined by its low tolerance to everyday products, environmental and internal factors. Usually, it is without obvious physical signs but symptoms can develop as a result of certain triggers.

ABSTRACT

Sensitive skin, characterized by heightened reactivity to environmental stimuli like certain cosmetic products, affects a considerable and significantly increasing portion of the global population. This article summarises dermatological findings from recent years in relation to demographic distributions of sensitive skin and the development of surveys as a tool for safety studies. The analysis is based on more than 16,700 product tests conducted by Dermatest in the years 2020-2023 and the analysis of more than 5,000 data sets from the subject database. The results show an increase in testing of products for sensitive skin or skin diseases and the associated need for suitable test designs for safe products. Therefore, Dermatest is developing new test designs as reliable alternatives to established tests: Sensitive Seal and HypoSense®. The aim is to take a holistic view on products with meaningful test results for sensitive skin. As affected consumers are obliged to choose products for daily use like cosmetics, meaningful and significant safety studies will become ever more inevitable.

Sensitive skin is an increasingly recognized condition within dermatology and defined by its low tolerance to everyday products, environmental and internal factors. Usually, it is without obvious physical signs but symptoms can develop as a result of certain triggers.

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