Adverse reactions to cosmetics

Cutis. 1987 Jun;39(6):525-6.


Adverse reactions to cosmetics can be irritant or allergic and are most often caused by fragrances or preservatives. Preservatives include formaldehyde, formaldehyde releasers, and parabens. Other agents that cause allergy are paraphenylenediamine in hair dyes and toluene sulfonamide formaldehyde resin in nail polishes.

MeSH terms

  • Cosmetics / adverse effects*
  • Dermatitis, Contact / etiology*
  • Hair Dyes / adverse effects*
  • Hair Preparations / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Perfume / adverse effects*
  • Pharmaceutic Aids / adverse effects*
  • Preservatives, Pharmaceutical / adverse effects*


  • Cosmetics
  • Hair Dyes
  • Hair Preparations
  • Perfume
  • Pharmaceutic Aids
  • Preservatives, Pharmaceutical