Allergy to cosmetics: A literature review

Jennifer I. Alani, Mark Denis P Davis, James A. Yiannias

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Abstract

The term cosmetic has a broad definition and includes personal care products, hair care products, nail care products, and sunscreens. Modern cosmetics are safe for most users, and adverse reactions are very rare because the manufacturers invest heavily in safety, quality control, and product testing before releasing the product to the market. Despite these efforts, adverse reactions occur. Skin care products are major contributors to cosmetic allergic contact dermatitis (ACD), followed by hair care and nail care products. The most common allergens are fragrances and preservatives. The diagnosis of cosmetic allergy is established by reviewing the patient's clinical history and physical examination findings and confirmed with skin patch testing. Patch testing is the standard method for detecting allergens responsible for eliciting ACD. The purpose of this article was to review the prevalence, legislative laws, and role of patch testing in ACD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-290
Number of pages8
JournalDermatitis
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

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Cosmetics
Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Hypersensitivity
Nails
Hair
Allergens
Skin Care
Sunscreening Agents
Quality Control
Physical Examination
Safety
Skin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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Alani, J. I., Davis, M. D. P., & Yiannias, J. A. (2013). Allergy to cosmetics: A literature review. Dermatitis, 24(6), 283-290. https://doi.org/10.1097/DER.0b013e3182a5d8bc

Allergy to cosmetics : A literature review. / Alani, Jennifer I.; Davis, Mark Denis P; Yiannias, James A.

In: Dermatitis, Vol. 24, No. 6, 11.2013, p. 283-290.

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Alani, JI, Davis, MDP & Yiannias, JA 2013, 'Allergy to cosmetics: A literature review', Dermatitis, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 283-290. https://doi.org/10.1097/DER.0b013e3182a5d8bc
Alani, Jennifer I. ; Davis, Mark Denis P ; Yiannias, James A. / Allergy to cosmetics : A literature review. In: Dermatitis. 2013 ; Vol. 24, No. 6. pp. 283-290.
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