This patient information on Fragrance Mix is provided by John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. a board certified Dermatologist and skin care specialist based in Orlando, Florida. This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or treatment of a dermatologist or other physician.
The results from your patch testing showed a positive reaction (contact allergy) to Fragrance mix. Your immune system reacts with its defense mechanisms with each exposure of some fragrances to your skin. This is a screening test for fragrance, you may be only sensitive to some but because there are hundreds of fragrances it is easier to avoid all fragrance than to do specific testing. It is unknown why certain individuals develop allergic sensitivities. In some it may take repeat exposures over long periods of time before an allergy develops. Once you have become sensitized (allergic) your immune system always "remembers" and you will be Fragrance mix sensitive. If you currently have eczema this chemical may be the cause but other factors may play a role as well. The information below will help you avoid this allergen.
Fragrances are found in a large variety of personal care products. Skin care products are the most common source of allergy to fragrances.
Where is chemical found?
Metal working fluids
Nail enamel removers
Quick-dry nail products
Hints on avoiding chemical:
Be aware that some products marked "fragrance free" sometimes still contain fragrances.
Avoid products labeled as "unscented perfumes".
Wear gloves when using household cleansers that may contain fragrances.
Choose products listed only n your personalized Contact allergen database, which has been provided to you. Products listed on your contact allergen resource database will be free of Fragrance Mix and safe to use.
It may take 2 to 3 weeks of avoiding exposure before improvement of your eruption begins.
Hypo allergic products may contain fragrances.
Other names you may see Fragrances listed as:
Possible Occupational Exposures:
Mixing and blending machine operators
Hairdressers and cosmetologists