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What is photoallergic contact dermatitis?

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This happens after your skin touches certain substances and then comes in contact with sunlight. Triggers may include:

  • Lime juice
  • Sunscreens
  • Aftershave lotions
  • Antibiotics and some perfumes

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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