Topical allergies are common in both children and adults. If one suspects a topical allergy in children, this top 10 list contains the most likely culprits. One can start by avoiding these 10 compounds.
- Tixocortol pivalate (a corticosteroid).
- Propylene glycol (found in many creams, lotions, and solutions).
- Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI)/methylisothiazolinone (MI) (a preservative used in anti-fungal and anti-bacterial medications)
- Formaldehyde (found in dental materials, paper products, inks & dyes, & fire-resistant clothing).
- Cocamidopropyl betaine (is known by many other names so one should research all of the possible names; found in many skincare products, including shampoos & conditioners, body washes, and hair dyes; also found in laundry detergents, hand soaps, toothpastes, cleaning products.
- Lanolin (commonly found in lipsticks, cosmetic creams and powders, shaving creams, shampoos, and soaps).
- Benzalkonium chloride (a preservative used in many injectable medications, eye drops, ear drops, and nasal sprays).
- Fragrance and balsam of peru.
- Neomycin (used in over-the-counter antibiotic ointments).
- Nickel (in metals, including costume jewelry and gold that is not 24K).