What is it?
Compositae Mix is a mixture of the following substances:
- Tanacetum Vulgare (Tansy)
- Arnica Montana (Mountain Tobacco)
- Chamomilla Romana (Anthemis Nobilis)
- Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow)
The Compositae family is plants which grow all over the world and possibly the largest family of flowering plants.
How can I avoid it?
The most important clinical pattern of Compositae dermatitis is “weed dermatitis”. Exposure to the plants affects the exposed skin surfaces not ordinarily covered by clothing. Hand eczema may develop from handling plants particularly Chrysanthemum and salad plants.
Complete list of categories in the Compositae Family:
Skin contact with Compositae Mix is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing Compositae Mix should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the US for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is no information ask your pharmacist or call the company directly. At work, request a material safety data sheet (MSDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure. Personal care products that are label “botanical” may contain one of the ingredients of the Compositae mix.
- African daisy
- Artichoke, globe
- Artichoke, wild
- Chamomile, German
- Chamomile, Roman
- Costus of perfumery
- Cotton thistle
- Laurel oil
- Marsh elder
- Sow thistle
- Star thistle
- Tulip tree
- Whitewood of commerce
Botanicals are found in a wide variety of products to enhance odor or mask undesirable odors, including the following:
- Perfumes / Colognes / shaving creams & after-shaves / Toilet water
- Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
- Antiperspirants / Deodorants
- Hair sprays, gels, tonics and lotions
- Hair Colorants / “Permanents-Relaxers”
- Nail Polish / Nail Polish Remover
- Powders / Sprays
- Shampoos / Conditioners
- Shaving products
- Soaps / Cleansers
- Sunscreens and Self-Tanners
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances: