What is it?
Hydoxycitronellal is a fragrance used in personal care products, repellents, and household products.
How can I avoid it?
You should avoid contact with this substance. Avoidance requires reading labels, package inserts, Material Safety Data
Sheets (MSDS) and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer. To prevent allergic contact dermatitis,
avoidance of fragranced products, especially those with a sweet floral odor, is necessary.
Avoidance requires reading the product labels, package inserts, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and on
occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer.
The avoidance of fragrances and flavoring agents such as Hydroxycitronellal can be difficult, since so many everyday
products contain these substances. One should use only fragrance-free cosmetic and household products.
“Unscented” products may contain low levels of a fragrance to cover up an undesirable odor and also should be
avoided. Products labeled as “hypoallergenic” do not assure that the product is truly free of fragrance.
Since fragrances are complex mixtures of many ingredients, an individual may tolerate one fragrance but not
another. A trial-and-error method of avoiding a fragrance allergen in a product can be performed by applying the
product to the forearm in the same small area twice a day for a week. If no dermatitis develops, the product may
likely be used safely.
Since some fragrances are also flavors, foods can, rarely, cause flare-ups of dermatitis in fragrance-sensitive
individuals. Particularly if you have oral or lip allergies as discussed with your health care provider, you should avoid
foods prepared with Hydroxycitronellal.
Perfumes / Colognes / After-shaves / Toilet water
Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
m Antiperspirants / Deodorants
m Hair sprays, gels, tonics and lotions
m Hair Colorants / “Permanents-Relaxers”
m Soaps / Cleansers
m Shampoos / Conditioners
m Nail Polish / Nail Polish Remover
m Powders / Sprays
Medications, topical, prescription and over the counter such as
m Creams, Ointments, Solutions
m Foot And Other Powders
m Nasal Decongestants
m Herbal remedies, including Traditional Chinese Medications
m Wound Dressings