Abstract Number: 7

Allergic contact dermatitis to sunscreens in Melbourne

R.L. Nixon, A. Palmer

Meeting: 2012 Dermcoll

Session Information

Date: -

Session Title: Contact Dermatitis Symposium

Session Time: -

Introduction: Our group previously reported in 1996 that irritant reactions to sunscreens are much more common than allergic reactions, and that allergic contact dermatitis to excipients is more common than reactions to sunscreen actives (1). In recent literature reports, octocrylene has emerged as a new sunscreen allergen and photoallergen. There are reports of simultaneous reactions to multiple sunscreen actives, occurring more commonly in patients with photodermatoses. Nevertheless, sunscreen allergy is not commonly observed.
Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed of the PatchCAMS © database for cases of sunscreen allergy diag- nosed at the both the Occupational Dermatology Clinic and Contact Dermatitis Clinic, Skin and Cancer Foundation Inc, Melbourne, between 1993 and 2010.

Conclusion: Sunscreen allergy is uncommon. The pattern
of sunscreen allergy observed largely refl ects the sunscreening
agents used in the population.