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March 1978

Contact Dermatitis to Homomenthyl Salicylate

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(3):442-443. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640150078023

• Two patients with follicular dermatitis were found to have a contact sensitivity to homomenthyl salicylate, a sunscreening chemical present in a commercially available suntan lotion. One patient did not use the product, but her boyfriend did, and contact between the two individuals resulted in a follicular dermatitis developing in her. A second patient with contact dermatitis to homomenthyl salicylate also had a follicular eruption. Both patients appear to represent true allergic sensitivities.

(Arch Dermatol 114:442-443, 1978)