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May 1973

Contact Dermatitis From Deodorants

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White Plains, NY

Arch Dermatol. 1973;107(5):774-775. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620200080027

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To the Editor.—  Contact dermatitis from underarm deodorants and antiperspirants is occasionally seen. An aluminum salt or antibacterial agent is the active ingredient in most of these products.A product recently introduced into the mass market, Mennen E, which contains vitamin E as the active ingredient, has become popular. Within the short period of time since its introduction, we have seen three cases of dermatitis due to this product. During the same period, we have had only one case of underarm dermatitis from all other deodorant products combined. Mennen E dermatitis is unusual, and the eruption appears to be typical for this kind of dermatitis and unlike the dematitis associated with other deodorants. It initially involves the axillae and is erythematous and edematous rather than eczematous. After a short interval, however, there is a rapid spread of the dermatitis to large areas of the trunk and arms, far removed from

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