Allergens in Medical Hand Skin Cleansers.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Health care workers may be at risk of occupational allergic contact dermatitis because of their frequent exposure to medical hand skin cleansers. We identified American Contact Dermatitis Society Core 80 Allergens found in medical hand skin cleansers (waterless skin soaps, water-needed skin soaps, and skin disinfectants) in the United States and developed a list of "low-allergen" medical hand skin cleansers. Waterless skin soaps most commonly contained fragrance, tocopherol, and sodium benzoate. Top allergens in water-needed skin soaps included fragrance, chloroxylenol, propylene glycol, and cocamidopropyl betaine. The most common allergens identified in skin disinfectants were chlorhexidine, cocamide diethanolamine, and fragrance. We identified 11 waterless skin soaps that were free of American Contact Dermatitis Society Core 80 Allergens. Low-allergen products were also identified for water-needed skin soaps (2 products) and skin disinfectants (4 products). This information is accurate as of the date of publication; product availability and ingredients may change over time.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rodriguez-Homs, LG; Atwater, AR

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 336 - 341

PubMed ID

  • 31724988

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2162-5220

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/DER.0000000000000504


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States