The Hardening Phenomenon in Irritant Contact Dermatitis: Cosmetic Implications

Irritant contact dermatitis (ICD) is common and poses a significant problem in high risk populations including hairdressers, health care workers, metal- working professionals and cleaning specialists.1 In fact, as many as 35% of junior hairdressers develop ICD during their first year in training. Most cases of ICD are resolved in spite of continued exposure, allowing individuals to continue with their work. However, some cases develop into chronic ICD, which often manifests on the hands as red, dry, scaly and fissured skin.1

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