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March 1945

ACCIDENTAL DYEING OF HAIR BY FACE POWDER

Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C.

From the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Security Agency.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;51(3):209. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510210051013
Abstract

A cursory search of the literature fails to reveal another case of accidental dyeing of hair by face powder. Because of the interest of the case and because of the possibility of other occurrences of such a reaction, we consider it worth reporting.

REPORT OF A CASE

A white woman whose hair originally was a dark brown but for the past twelve years had been turning gray noticed that in a few months she had acquired a red streak in the hair of the frontal area. When we saw her, she had a streak of hair which was coppery red, seemingly uniform in appearance and seemingly evenly colored down to the scalp. She denied having used any hair dye or rinse or having had anything applied to the scalp in the beauty parlor.

It was significant that for the past few months she had been working in a non-air-conditioned

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