Cosmetic Allergy

  title={Cosmetic Allergy},
  author={David I. Orton and John D. Wilkinson},
  journal={American Journal of Clinical Dermatology},
A recent epidemiologic survey in the UK revealed that 23% of women and 13.8% of men experience some sort of adverse reaction to a personal care product over the course of a year. Although most of these reactions may be due to subjective sensory irritation, various studies reveal that up to 10% of dermatologic patients who are patch tested are allergic to cosmetic products or their constituent ingredients. Causative products include deodorants and perfumes, skin care products, hair care products… 

Cosmetic dermatitis in Chinese eczema patients patch tested with a modified European standard series of allergens

CACD should be strongly considered in CEP with positive PT reactions to PPD, FM and imidazolidinylurea, the leading allergens identified.

Contact Dermatitis in Nail Cosmetics

Patients should be counselled to approach future nail cosmetic products and procedures with caution and careful attention to ingredients, regardless of whether or not it has a “hypoallergenic” label.

A cosmetovigilance survey in Europe.

Contribution of Patch Tests with Occupational Handled Products in the Diagnosis of Occupational Contact Dermatitis: A 10-year Review

Patch tests with handled products in the workplace can provide strong arguments for the professional origin of the ACD, especially for patients working in the plastics industry.

Contact Dermatitis Associated With Nail Care Products: Retrospective Analysis of North American Contact Dermatitis Group Data, 2001-2016.

Almost one-fifth of nail care product-associated allergens would have been missed without additional screening allergens beyond the North American Contact Dermatitis Group series, underscoring the need for testing to a broad array of allergens.

Patch test in Chinese patients with cosmetic allergic contact dermatitis to common cosmetic allergens from a European cosmetic series

The frequency of patch test (PT) reactions of Chinese CACD to common cosmetic series of allergens have not been reported in China and a total of 655 consecutive patients with eczema patch tested with a modified European standard series and 20 of 48 CCA from a European cosmetic series during a 2-year period were analyzed.

Evaluation of cosmetic product exposures reported to the Milan Poison Control Centre, Italy from 2005 to 2010

Since the exposure frequency seems more likely to reflect product availability and accessibility to ingestors, the results call for closer attention to this type of hazard, especially for children younger than 4 years of age.



The allergens in cosmetics.

The ingredients responsible for allergy to cosmetics were determined in 119 patients suffering from cosmetic-related contact dermatitis. Most reactions (56.3%) were caused by skin care products,

Fragrance Contact Allergy

  • J. Johansen
  • Environmental Science
    American journal of clinical dermatology
  • 2003
It is advisable to supplement standard patch testing with the patient’s own stay-on cosmetic products, as well as the fragrance chemical hydroxyisohexyl-3-cyclohexane carboxaldehyde, which on its own gives responses in 1–3% of tested patients.

A five-year study of cosmetic reactions.

Contact allergy to cosmetics: causative ingredients.

Of 1781 patients with contact dermatitis seen during a period of 6 years (1981–1986), 75(4.2%) had allergy to cosmetic products. The face was most frequently affected. In many cases, the dermatitis

Adverse cutaneous reactions to cosmetic allergens

Although perfume components are still the most frequent allergens in cosmetics, they rank 2nd here since data on perfumes and toilet waters, aftershave lotions, and deodorants, the main agents of perfume allergy, were excluded from this study.

The role of contact allergy in the spectrum of adverse effects caused by cosmetics and toiletries

It is concluded that contact allergy is, responsible for a minority of all reactions to cosmetics and toiletries, and the majority of reactions are due to irritation from personal cleanliness products such as soups, shampoos, bath foams and from deodorants, or worsening of pre‐existing dermatoses such as seborrhoeic dermatitis and acne.

Fragrance contact dermatitis: a worldwide multicenter investigation (Part I).

Allergic contact dermatitis to plant extracts in patients with cosmetic dermatitis

It is suggested that patients allergic to fragrance be advised to avoid plant extracts, which are separately labelled, in their personal care products.

Formaldehyde allergy: A follow-up study.

  • T. AgnerM. FlyvholmT. Menné
  • Medicine
    American journal of contact dermatitis : official journal of the American Contact Dermatitis Society
  • 1999