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In industries where workers cannot avoid exposure to dermatologic irritants and where it is impracticable for them to protect their hands and forearms with gloves, protective creams have a certain amount of value in minimizing cutaneous irritations. Creams used for this purpose should contain no irritating or sensitizing ingredients; they should be capable of easy application and removal, and they should be inexpensive.
Although many protective creams are now available on the market under trade names, most of them do not meet these requirements. Since their ingredients are not specified, it is not easy to determine if irritating or sensitizing substances are present; and they should be used with caution, for they may occasionally produce a dermatitis in a susceptible person. The cost of many of these trade-marked preparations is almost prohibitive.
From a number of formulas for creams prepared by us and tested under actual conditions in
Downing JG, Ohmart LM, Stoklosa MJ. A NEW PROTECTIVE CREAM. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(6):436. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510120050014