Sunscreen Allergy: A Review of Epidemiology, Clinical Characteristics, and Responsible Allergens

Elyse Scheuer; Erin Warshaw


Dermatitis. 2006;17(1):3-11. 

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Contact allergy and photocontact allergy to sunscreen agents are uncommon but not rare. Their prevalence may increase as sunscreen use continues to become more widespread. We have reviewed the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of sunscreen allergy and have provided an up-to-date discussion of sunscreen allergens and their appropriate patch-test concentrations. More research is needed to further elucidate the mechanisms and responsible moieties involved in both allergy and photoallergy to sunscreens.

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