“Skintimate” Problems: Skin Issues Related to Underwear, Sex & Other Things That Might Embarrass You (But Shouldn’t)

Skin problems can cause embarrassment. This can be especially true for skin problems affecting the “nether regions” — areas of the body that so many of us are taught to think of as shameful, not to be spoken of, or at least extremely private. Of course, they aren’t shameful and we should all know more about skin problems that appear on the …

Allergy to Fragrance: Understanding Fragrance Additives and Choosing Products

by Rajani Katta, M.D. What do you think of when you hear the word “fragrance”? Many of us think about perfume or cologne. If you’re allergic to fragrance, though, it doesn’t stop there. If you’re allergic to fragrance, you should definitely avoid perfumes. But fragrance is found in MANY other products. In fact, the vast majority of personal …

CITRONELLA: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

CITRONELLA: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen. Citronella Fragrance was the American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS)’s Contact Allergen of the Year for 2007, and fragrance mix (which contains geraniol, which is in citronella oil) is a standard addition in patch test trays because it is such a common contact allergen. Often used as an a natural mosquito repellent option, citronella itself (a cousin of …

FEVERFEW: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

FEVERFEW: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen. Chrysanthemum parthenium (Feverfew): While a favorite ingredient of natural skincare buffs because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium) is on published lists of common allergens as part of the Compositae (Asteraceae) group. Of particular concern in this group, and in feverfew, are the flowers, leaves, stems and pollen which contain sesquiterpene lactones. If you patch-tested positive …

MOSS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

MOSS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen. Moss: That soothing color and deep scent is magical on walks in the woods, but moss (oak and tree, for example) is part of Fragrance Mix I, a common presence in published allergen lists. Other ingredients that pal around with moss in Fragrance Mix I include cinnamic aldehyde, cinnamic alcohol, cinnamon and clove leaves, ylang ylang, nutmeg, geranium, rose, …