Cosmetic products are used by everyone the world over. There are a vast number of chemicals available for incorporation into such products. Allergic reactions to cosmetics are not uncommon. This chapter explores the typical clinical features seen in a patient with a cosmetic allergy. The types of products which tend to cause an allergic response are discussed; these include rinse off personal cleanliness products, leave on products, UV filters, fragrances, make-ups, hair care products and nail care products. In this chapter, the specific ingredients which frequently cause the reactions are also outlined along with tables of the important allergens to consider and test for. Fragrances, preservatives and hair care products are covered in more details in chapters elsewhere.
KeywordsCosmetic Make-up Personal care products Nail Hair UV filters Fragrance