Photoallergic contact dermatitis to men's perfumes

Gregory J. Raugi, Frances J. Storrs, Walter G. Larsen

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Three patients with photosensitive eruptions related to the use of different men's perfumes were evaluated. We found that they were photoallergic to musk ambrette, an inexpensive, readily available synthetic perfume ingredient. Studies of cross‐reactivity with other perfumed colognes and after‐shave lotions suggest that musk ambrette is present in clinically significant concentration in large numbers of other cosmetic products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-260
Number of pages10
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1979


  • Contact dermatitis
  • musk ambrette
  • perfumes
  • photosensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Dermatology

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