Living with Contact Dermatitis

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Contact dermatitis is an inflammatory skin reaction that appears following contact with an external agent, and causes redness and intense itching that, on occasions, can spread beyond the area where it was applied. It may be allergic or irritant. 

Person next to cleaning products

Avoid contact with the causative agent and properly protect the skin with good hygiene and hydration.  

Natural cosmetic cream, lipstick and soap

Using cosmetics that do not contain preservatives, homemade formulas or those labelled as “natural” is not advised. Cosmetics that do not include preservatives in their formula are not safe due to the risk of bacterial overgrowth. The same applies to homemade formulas and some cosmetics that claim to be “natural”. Natural cosmetics tend to include essential oils and many fragrances, which have a high probability of causing contact dermatitis and irritant eczema. A cosmetic being labelled as “natural” does not mean that it’s safe. 

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Substantiated information by:

Paula Ribó Gonzalez
Sara Gómez Armayones

Published: 25 May 2020
Updated: 25 May 2020

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