Cosmetics and Skin Care Products

  • Faheem LatheefEmail author
  • Mark Wilkinson
Living reference work entry


Cosmetics have become ubiquitous and form part of daily life for many. With this rapid proliferation and diversification of cosmetic products, we have seen a corresponding increase in the number of cases of contact dermatitis to these products. In this chapter, we will explore this in more detail, by examining the definition of a cosmetic, the epidemiology, and clinical features and highlighting both old and newer cosmetic products and allergens reported to cause contact allergy. We will finish by exploring how and what to test to, in order to cover these exposures as well as what to tell the patient.


Cosmetics Personal care products Irritant reactions Sensitive skin Contact allergy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Leeds Centre for DermatologyLeeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Chapel Allerton HospitalLeedsUK

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