The authors of this paper report no conflict of interest.
Contact dermatitis from a presumed allergy to paraphenylenediamine
Version of Record online: 25 NOV 2009
© 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Volume 8, Issue 4, pages 308–311, December 2009
How to Cite
Hansen, D. and Voutsalath, M. (2009), Contact dermatitis from a presumed allergy to paraphenylenediamine. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 8: 308–311. doi: 10.1111/j.1473-2165.2009.00466.x
- Issue online: 25 NOV 2009
- Version of Record online: 25 NOV 2009
- Accepted for publication July 21, 2009
- contact dermatitis;
- irritant contact dermatitis;
Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is a potent skin allergen found in permanent hair dye and temporary henna tattoo ink. Several cases of adverse skin reactions to PPD have been reported in the literature. Here we present a case involving a patient who acquired a temporary tattoo while vacationing in Mexico and subsequently developed contact dermatitis at the tattoo site. He provided a history of permanent hair dye use in the past with associated cutaneous reaction. Temporary tattoos have become increasingly popular with travelers and as a result so have reports of associated allergic contact dermatitis. Of concern is cross-reaction of PPD to related compounds, severe reactions in younger populations and sequelae including increased sensitization, permanent scarring, and persistent postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.