Facial cosmetics: Trends and alternatives data from the American Contact Alternatives Group

Andrew Scheman, Sharon Jacob, Rajani Katta, Susan Nedorost, Erin M Warshaw, Matt Zirwas, Christina Cha

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Abstract

Objective: To provide updated data on usage of ingredients that are common potential contact allergens in several categories of facial cosmetics. To identify useful alternative products with few or no common contact allergens. Design: In November 2009, the full ingredient lists of 5,416 skin, hair, and cosmetic products marketed by the CVS pharmacy chain were copied from CVS.com into Microsoft Word format for analysis. Computer searches were made in Microsoft Word using search/replace and sorting functions to accurately identify the presence of specific allergens in each website product. Measurements: Percentages of American Contact Alternatives Group core series allergens were calculated. Results: The usage of American Contact Alternatives Group core series allergens in facial cosmetics is reported along with suitable alternative products for individuals with contact allergy. Conclusion: Data on allergen usage and alternatives for facial cosmetics is not widely published. This article reviews some of the common potential allergens in facial cosmetics, including blushers and bronzers, concealers, eyeliners, eyeshadows, foundations, loose and pressed powders, and mascaras. Suitable available alternative products for patients with contact allergy are listed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-30
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Volume4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

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    Scheman, A., Jacob, S., Katta, R., Nedorost, S., Warshaw, E. M., Zirwas, M., & Cha, C. (2011). Facial cosmetics: Trends and alternatives data from the American Contact Alternatives Group. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 4(6), 25-30.