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Are there things I can do to keep from getting contact dermatitis?

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  • Once you’ve identified an offending substance, avoid it. If your skin makes contact with it, wash right away with soap and water.
  • Use mild, unscented laundry detergent.
  • Consider using gentle, soap-free, liquid cleansers. Or use a moisturizing soap that’s free of fragrance and dyes.
  • Don’t scrub your face. Instead, cleanse gently and pat dry.
  • Avoid deodorant or antibacterial soaps.
  • Choose moisturizers, sunscreens, and cosmetics that are fragrance-free and don’t contain acids or botanical ingredients.

From: Combating Common Skin Irritants WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Online: “Dermatitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Contact Dermatitis.”

Robin Ashinoff, MD, director of cosmetic dermatology and Mohs and laser surgery, Hackensack Medical Center, N.J.

Lisa A. Garner, MD, FAAD, clinical professor of dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; fellow, American Academy of Dermatology; consultant, Mary Kay.

Rachel Herschenfeld, MD, FAAD, Dermatology Partners, Wellesley, Mass.; fellow, American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Online: “Dermatitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Contact Dermatitis.”

Robin Ashinoff, MD, director of cosmetic dermatology and Mohs and laser surgery, Hackensack Medical Center, N.J.

Lisa A. Garner, MD, FAAD, clinical professor of dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; fellow, American Academy of Dermatology; consultant, Mary Kay.

Rachel Herschenfeld, MD, FAAD, Dermatology Partners, Wellesley, Mass.; fellow, American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

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