Expert consensus on defining sensitive skin and role of cosmeceuticals: an Indian perspective


  • Malvika Kohli Department of Dermatology, Dermatology and Aesthetics Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Hema Pant SCULPT Aesthetic and Cosmetic clinic, Defence Colony, New Delhi, India
  • Rasya Dixit Cosmetic Dermatology Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Anchala Parthasaradhi Skin Institute & Research Center, Hyderabad, Telangana, India



Sensitive skin, Cosmeceuticals, Cleanser, Moisturizer, Sunscreen, Shampoo


In clinical practice, the ‘sensitive skin’ phenomenon, encompassing a wide range of signs and symptoms, is majorly a self-diagnosed condition. Various articles have given perspective on the heterogeneous concept of sensitive skin in varied ways. Cosmeceuticals, commonly used for sensitive skin, contain biologically active ingredients that deliver multifunctional skin benefits. Since no guidelines have been formulated for the use of cosmeceutical products in the management of sensitive skin, an individualized skin care regimen is usually adopted. Also, cosmeceutical products have been demonstrated to play a crucial role as add-on therapy in the management of dermatological disorders. However, there exists uncertainty about sensitive skin manifestation and well-defined use of cosmeceuticals for sensitive skin. This paper provides a consensus clinical viewpoint of expert clinicians, which will help clear the pathway for effective identification and management of sensitive skin using cosmeceuticals.


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