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The authors report a case of allergic contact dermatitis due to formaldehyde and bronopol in a polypropylene surgical mask. The patient was known to be allergic to these chemicals then had a flare of eczematous dermatitis on her face when she began working as a nurse in a COVID-19 ward.
Although mask-wearing may cause facial dermatitis related to acne and irritant contact dermatitis, dermatologists should consider allergic contact dermatitis as well.
– Caitlyn T. Reed, MD
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