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The Sensitive Issue

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Retrieved January 14, 2011. "As with most tree dwelling or arboreal geckos, it is best not to touch or handle these geckos frequently. Their skin is sensitive and can be damaged easily." (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
‘Sensitive skin’ is a supposedly ‘uncommon’ type of skin that 90% of my cosmetic dermatology patients complain of. Sensitive skin means different things to different people. Some even consider it a status symbol. To a dermatologist, sensitive skin means hyper-reactive skin with no evidence of any obvious skin disease, often found in atopics or asthmatics.(Sorry about the medical jargon.)  This article attempts to explore the different meanings of ‘Sensitive skin’ and the preventive measures you can take if you indeed have sensitive skin. (I am sure you do).


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As a Dermatologist and Informatician my research mainly involves application of bioinformatics techniques and tools in dermatological conditions. However my research interests are varied and I have publications in areas ranging from artificial intelligence, sequence analysis, systems biology, ontology development, microarray analysis, immunology, computational biology and clinical dermatology. I am also interested in eHealth, Health Informatics and Health Policy.


Bell Raj Eapen
Hamilton, ON