Correlations With The Location Of The Lesions

Like many other contact allergens, cosmetics can reach the skin in several different ways [1,2]: by direct application; by airborne exposure to vapors, droplets, or particles that are released into the atmosphere and then settle on the skin [7]; by contact with people (partners, friends, coworkers) who transmit allergens to cause ''connubial'' or ''consort'' dermatitis [8]; by transfer from other sites on the body, often the hands, to more sensitive areas such as the mouth or the eyelids (ectopic dermatitis); and by exposure to the sun with photoallergens.

The most common sources of cosmetic allergens applied directly to the body are listed in Table 1.

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