A skin allergy occurs when the skin comes into contact with an allergen or other substances. The most common contact allergies can originate from:
Latex is a viscous milky fluid that occurs in the rubber tree. It occurs in many products such as condoms, gloves, bandages and shoes.
In Europe, the nickel is most common contact allergen. This is probably due to the popularity of jeans with zippers and buttons and jewelry where nickel is in.
Parabens is a mixture of chemical substances, which are used as preservatives in, inter alia, skin care products and cleaning products. Some people develop an allergy to paraben and suffer from eczema.
Balsam of Peru
Balsam of Peru is extracted from the bark of the tree Myroxolon balsamum, mainly in El Salvador. It’s a sticky liquid that smells of cinnamon and vanilla. It is widely used as a fragrance in personal care products, but also in food and medical products. Some people develop an allergy after contact with Balsam of Peru and suffer from eczema.
Para-phenylenediamine, or PPD, is a dye and belongs to a group allied substances. PPD is found in a variety of colors or colored products and also in food.
People with sun allergies get 24-48 hours after itchy red spots on the skin have been in the sun. There may also form sores and flaking.