SENSITIVE SKIN SYNDROME AND ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS - IS THERE A CONNECTION?
Keywords:Sensitive Skin Syndrome, Trigger Factors, Endocrine Disruptors
Background: Sensitive Skin Syndrome (SSS) is predominantly a self-defined condition without an objective pathological finding. The syndrome presents with sudden and easily provoked flushes accompanied by unpleasant sensations like itching, pain, numbness in response to stimuli that usually do not cause such sensations. Endocrine disruption (ED) is an exogenous substance or mixture that induce negative health problems through affecting function(s) of the endocrine system in an intact organism. The Aim of The Study: was to establish the role of ED as a causative agent in SSS. Objective and Methods: The presented study includes 304 female self-diagnosed with SSS. Demographic data were collected from registers of Medico-Aesthetic Center “Medea” Varna from April 2017 till April 2019. The model of the study investigates the causes of SSS. Results: Results show the overall frequency of SSS was 31, 97%. As 174 (57, 23%) diagnosed in aesthetic visitors and 130 (42, 77%) in those with some health problem. The distribution according to the trigger factor show the prevalence of cosmetic products -56, 90%, detergents 21.05% and cosmetic procedures- 40, 88%. Conclusion: SSS is a serious health problem. The data from our study show that trigger factors, which are closely connected with EDC have a significant impact on this syndrome. In addition, adding topical treatment worsen rather than improve SSS. The literature sources reveal that this is first study of the role of ED as a causative agent in SSS in our country.
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