Depigmented contact dermatitis due to incense

Ritsuko Hayakawa, Kayoko Matsunaga, Yaeno Arima

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A 63‐year‐old male school teacher with itchy depigmented macules on his left dorsum manus, left shoulder and abdomen presented at our clinic on 8 July 1986. He had practiced the incense ceremony for about 15 years, and had burnt several incenses and sandalwood. 48 h closed patch testing revealed perfume in the incenses was the cause. We assumed that perfume in the incense was volatized in air when incense was burnt; skin surface contact occurred with airborne particle, which dissolved in sebum; thus allergic contact dermatitis accompanied by depigmentation might arise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-274
Number of pages3
JournalContact Dermatitis
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 05-1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Dermatology


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