Topically applied cosmetics and medicaments containing botanical extracts are commonly used. Despite popular beliefs of their benignancy, some botanicals have been implicated in causing allergic contact dermatitis in susceptible patients. The offending allergen may be the botanical extract itself or another ingredient such as a fragrance, preservative, dye, or sunscreen found in the product. Specific botanicals implicated in causing cosmetic contact dermatitis include Compositae family plants, tea tree oil, peppermint, lavender, lichens, henna, and others.
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A review of the literature, plus our personal experience in using combinations of traditional agents and biologics, is presented.
Because dermatologists are on the front-line of psoriasis management, we are perfectly poised to identify and help improve care for patients who suffer from both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.