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July 1981

Persistent Photosensitivity Caused by Musk Ambrette

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago.

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(7):432-434. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650070060028

• Persistent photosensitivity developed in a man after use of an after-shave lotion containing musk ambrette. His eruption, present over light-exposed areas of the face, the "V" area of the neck, and the dorsa of the hands, has persisted for more than three years despite therapy. The patient demonstrated a minimal erythema after an ultraviolet B dose of 5 s, and was strongly ultraviolet A photosensitive to a 2% musk ambrette solution in petrolatum and to the after-shave lotion that contained musk ambrette. A persistent light reactivity induced by musk ambrette has most likely developed in this patient.

(Arch Dermatol 1981;117:432-434)