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The "up-do" hair style has made it necessary to make more extensive use of lacquers than heretofore to keep the hair and locks in the desired position.
During the past few months, hair lacquer pads have been introduced. They consist of powder puffs which are soaked with some form of lacquer. Beauty parlor operators and patients tell me that the lacquer of these pads is more "gluey" than the older fluids, which were usually sprayed, on with an atomizer. For home use the pads provide a convenient means of application and are becoming more popular.
Recently I have seen several instances of contact dermatitis from this source. These cases presented a characteristic clinical picture. As there are—as far as I know—no reports of this form of dermatitis, it seems justifiable to call attention to its etiologic factor.
REPORT OF CASE
Mrs. T. H. and her two daughters, 4 and 6
Epstein S. CONTACT DERMATITIS CAUSED BY HAIR LACQUER PADSA CHARACTERISTIC CLINICAL PICTURE. JAMA. 1943;123(7):409. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.82840420002008a