Fragrance allergic contact dermatitis

Dermatitis. 2014 Sep-Oct;25(5):232-45. doi: 10.1097/DER.0000000000000067.


Fragrances are a common cause of allergic contact dermatitis in Europe and in North America. They can affect individuals at any age and elicit a spectrum of reactions from contact urticaria to systemic contact dermatitis. Growing recognition of the widespread use of fragrances in modern society has fueled attempts to prevent sensitization through improved allergen identification, labeling, and consumer education. This review provides an overview and update on fragrance allergy. Part 1 discusses the epidemiology and evaluation of suspected fragrance allergy. Part 2 reviews screening methods, emerging fragrance allergens, and management of patients with fragrance contact allergy. This review concludes by examining recent legislation on fragrances and suggesting potential additions to screening series to help prevent and detect fragrance allergy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Balsams / adverse effects
  • Dermatitis, Allergic Contact / diagnosis
  • Dermatitis, Allergic Contact / epidemiology
  • Dermatitis, Allergic Contact / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Myroxylon / adverse effects
  • Oils, Volatile / adverse effects
  • Patch Tests
  • Perfume / adverse effects*


  • Balsams
  • Oils, Volatile
  • Perfume