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February 1948


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1948;57(2):279. doi:10.1001/archderm.1948.01520140141021

The use of lotions and ointments for the protection of the skin and the disguise of defects is widespread. Sensitization to ingredients of the preparations sold for these purposes occurs not infrequently. For such cases I have used the titanium cuticolor paste suggested by Fantus and Dyniewicz.1 Because of its simple construction there should be relatively little danger of its causing sensitization. The chief likelihood of such action would seem to lie in the use of perfume. If sensitization to perfume should occur, change of perfume or its omission altogether would be easy.

The important ingredient of this paste is titanium dioxide, which in covering power surpasses zinc oxide. The mixture recommended is: red ferric oxide 6.0, yellow ferric oxide 8.0 and titanium dioxide 86.0 The proportion of red and yellow oxides may have to be changed to obtain the shade desired, and it may be necessary to add