Sensitivity to sunscreens.


The patients sensitised to sunscreen agents who attended our Contact Dermatitis Clinic between February 1985 to March 1987 have been reviewed. 15 (5%) of 280 patients tested with sunscreens had positive reactions; 3 of them were allergic to more than one agent. The most frequent contact allergens were hydroxy methoxy methyl benzophenone (Mexenone) [6], followed by isopropyl dibenzoylmethane (Eusolex 8020/8021) [5], octyl dimethyl para-aminobenzoate (Escalol 507) [2], and one reaction each to butyl methoxy dibenzoylmethane (Parsol 1789), amyl dimethyl para-aminobenzoate (Escalol 506), and ethoxy ethyl-p-methoxy cinnamate (Givtan F). Positive photopatch tests were seen with isopropyl dibenzoylmethane, butyl methoxy dibenzoylmethane, para-aminobenzoate (PABA) and ethoxy ethyl-p-methoxy cinnamate, one reaction each.

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@article{English1987SensitivityTS, title={Sensitivity to sunscreens.}, author={John S-C English and Ian R. White and Elaine Cronin}, journal={Contact dermatitis}, year={1987}, volume={17 3}, pages={159-62} }