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December 1938

COSMETIC IRRITANTS

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;38(6):906-917. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480180072008
Abstract

Although the use of cosmetics is as old as recorded history,1 it has become recognized as a dermatologic problem only during the past few decades. In proportion to the enormous quantity of cosmetics consumed by all classes of women, and to some extent also by men, cutaneous diseases arising from this cause are not alarmingly frequent. On the other hand, the dermatologist is increasingly confronted by dermatoses among industrial workers from contact with irritants employed in the manufacture of toilet articles, as well as among those who use the finished product, such as employees of beauty parlors, barbers and sales clerks.

The cosmetic trade is a highly remunerative one, and since the vanity of women, played on by page after page of lyric advertising, leads them constantly to enhance their beauty or conceal their defects by artificial aids, there is no indication that it will cease to flourish. My

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