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Can household products cause irritant dermatitis?

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If you do a lot of housework that exposes your skin to cleaning products, ranging from detergents to waxes, you can wear down your skin’s protective barrier enough to develop irritant dermatitis.

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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