Year: 2018 I Volume: 2 I Issue: 1 I Page:

Female Facial Melanosis in India : Role of Contact Sensitivity

1 Consultant Dermatologist Mansi Skin & Allergy Clinic, Allahabad

2 Bajaj Skin Clinic, Allahabad

Corresponding Author:
Dr. P. K. Srivastava
Consultant Dermatologist
244/60 M.G.Marg, George Town
Allahabad 211002 UP, India.
Email: dr_pks123@rediffmail.com


The wish to get lighter skin in Asian women, in particular, is very high as it is believed to be an indication of superiority and higher socioeconomic status. Recently the spread of visual media even to the smaller towns of India as well as on the counter availability of large number of fairness creams have resulted in their increasing usage with very little information regarding the safety profile and side effects. Paradoxically there is sudden increase in the number of female patients seeking consultation for facial melanosis. We hereby report a series of such patients with an attempt to delineate the probable role of contact sensitivity

Key words:Cosmetics, Pigmented Cosmetic Dermatitis, Isoeugenol, Females Facial Melanosis, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cananga Odorata Oil.