Adverse Effects of Skin Protective Products, Including Sunscreens
Adverse effects to skin protective products are rare in general. Potential side effects include aggravation of preexisting disease, e.g. irritant contact dermatitis, and allergic contact dermatitis. Potential contact allergens include preservatives, emulsifiers, and fragrances. It is recommended to include patient’s own skin protection products when patch testing in case the hand dermatitis does not improve or is even worsening in spite of secondary prevention efforts. Confirmatory repetitive open application tests (ROAT) may be useful in doubtful reactions.
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