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February 1947

Cosmetics and Dermatitis

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;55(2):306-307. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520020161019

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In this publication the authors have attempted to systematize the knowledge of cosmetics and their effects. They utilize the existing literature on the subject and their own wide personal experience to accomplish their purpose.

The early sections of the book are devoted to the anatomy and physiology of the skin and percutaneous absorption of materials locally applied. The subject of dermatitis from cosmetics, including a discussion of occupational dermatitis among hairdressers and beauticians, is covered. In this section also is a useful partial list of chemicals and initial materials and cosmetics in which they may occur which may cause dermatitis.

Most instructive, perhaps, is the large section of the book devoted to the many different types of applications intended for use on the skin, sample formulas of these substances and their action.

A readily accessible bibliography follows each chapter.

The book contains much information on an important subject and should

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