Every dermatologist will not too infrequently encounter in his practice a case of dermatitis that is limited to the eyelids, the circumoral region, or other area of the face, where it is difficult or even impossible in many instances to find the etiological agent. Sulzberger, in 1937, demonstrated that nail polish was the etiological agent in some of these cases, but others still defy solution. It occurred to us, with the recently introduced use of facial tissues impregnated with synthetic resins to make them stronger when wet, that perhaps such chemicals could also play an etiological role in contact dermatitis of the face that is of unknown origin.
Technology of Paper Impregnation
The present use of synthetic resins on a large scale to make tissues strong when wet is based on the fact that some synthetic resins may be prepared that are watersoluble in the low polymer condition and when
Peck SM, Palitz LL. SENSITIZATION TO FACIAL TISSUES WITH UREA-FORMALDEHYDE RESIN (WET-STRENGTH). JAMA. 1956;160(14):1226–1227. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960490040010c
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