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July 1967

Photoallergy to Sandalwood Oil

Author Affiliations

Nashua, NH

From the Department of Medicine, Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital, Nashua, New Hampshire.

Arch Dermatol. 1967;96(1):62-63. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01610010068010

A case of photocontact dermatitis to commercial sandalwood oil, an ingredient in many men's toiletries, is described. Patient reacted on skin testing to a broad spectrum of ultraviolet light. Dermatitis was persistent in spite of the absence of the original sensitizer and minimal erythemal dose was lowered, as in other "persistent light reactors."