An epidemic of allergic contact dermatitis due to epilating products
Goossens, An × Armingaud, P Avenel-Audran, M Begon-Bagdassarian, I Constandt, L Giordano-Labadie, F Girardin, P Coz, C J L E Milpied-Homsi, B Nootens, C Pecquet, C Tennstedt, D Vanhecke, E #
Contact dermatitis vol:47 issue:2 pages:67-70
Over a period of 19 months, 33 cases of acute allergic contact dermatitis from Veet epilating waxes and/or the accompanying tissue (Reckitt Benckiser, Massy, France) were observed in France and Belgium. The lesions started on the legs and spread to other parts of the body, especially the face, and were sometimes so severe that hospitalization and/or systemic corticosteroids were required. Primary sensitization occurred as early as after the first application in several patients. Patch tests were performed in 26 of the patients and produced strong positive reactions to the tissue (25 times) and/or the wax (13 times). The allergenic culprits in the wax were modified-colophonium derivatives (colophonium in the standard series testing negatively in all except 4 patients), while methoxy PEG-22/dodecyl glycol copolymer and to a lesser degree lauryl alcohol turned out to be the main causal allergens in the tissue.