Adverse Effects of Skin Protective Products, Including Sunscreens

  • Sibylle SchliemannEmail author
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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.


Allergic contact dermatitis Barrier cream Photoallergic contact dermatitis Sunscreens Systemic absorption 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity Hospital Jena, Friedrich-Schiller-UniversityJenaGermany

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