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How does sensitive skin react to household cleaning products?

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Sensitive skin that's been exposed to cleaning products can develop a red, swollen, itchy rash that dermatologists call contact dermatitis.

There's no cure for housework, but identifying and avoiding the cleaning chemicals that inflame your skin can at least reduce your irritation when you have to do it.

SOURCES:

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. 

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

National Jewish Health. 

Belsito DV. , February 2002. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Cleveland Clinic. 

Mayo Clinic.

Environmental Protection Agency.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

SOURCES:

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. 

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

National Jewish Health. 

Belsito DV. , February 2002. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Cleveland Clinic. 

Mayo Clinic.

Environmental Protection Agency.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

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