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Cosmetics 2016, 3(1), 5;

Cosmetic Contact Allergens

Department of Dermatology, University Hospitals K.U. Leuven, Kapucijnenvoer 33, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium; Tel.: +32-16-33-78-70; Fax: +32-16-33-78-72
Academic Editors: Emanuela Corsini and David Basketter
Received: 28 December 2015 / Revised: 29 January 2016 / Accepted: 15 February 2016 / Published: 18 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cosmetic Contact Allergens)
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This article presents trends in the frequency of cosmetics as causal factors of allergic contact dermatitis during a 26-year period in 14,911 patients patch-tested between 1990 and 2014, and discusses the cosmetic allergens identified during the last six years (2010–2015) in 603 patients out of 3105 tested. The data were retrieved from, and evaluated with, a patient database developed in-house. The results show the increasing importance of cosmetic allergies, up to 25% of the patients tested during the last five-year period. As expected, fragrance materials, preservatives, and hair dyes were the most frequent culprits, but a great variety of other allergenic ingredients were involved as well. This underlines the need of additional and extensive patch testing with the patient’s products used and their ingredients. View Full-Text
Keywords: allergens; allergic contact dermatitis; cosmetics; fragrances; preservatives; ingredients allergens; allergic contact dermatitis; cosmetics; fragrances; preservatives; ingredients
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