Last Updated: 2019-08-26

Author(s): Anzengruber F., Navarini A.

ICD11: -

Freund 1916

Rosenthal 1924

Phototoxic dermatitis, wherein the perfume functions as a photosensitizer.

Ingredients of perfumes, soaps, creams and lotions act as photosensitizers. After UV-A radiation, a phototoxic reaction occurs. Moist skin can trigger or intensify this reaction.

In the acute stage, there is an erythematous, usually sharply defined, partly blistered change, which later leads to hyperpigmentation.

Medical history


UV-exposed areas (mostly neck area)

According to phototoxic dermatitis.

UV protection

Change perfume/soap/cream/lotion.

Alternative: Combination of vitamin A acid/hydroquinone / hydrocortisone

Healing with hyperpigmentation.

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