What is it?
Zinc chloride is a substance used in personal care products and topical medication.
How do I avoid it?
Skin contact with zinc chloride is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing zinc chloride should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the U.S. 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 Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.
• Astringents in denitrifies and mouthwashes
• Dental fillings
• Plumbing – solder flux
• Welding – solder flux
• Wood preservative – fireproofing of timber
• Mohs chemosurgery for skin cancer
• Skin care products/Cosmetics
- Hair sprays, gels, tonics, and lotions
- Eye drops
• Manufacture of parchment paper
• Manufacture of cement
• Fabric refresheners (Febreze®)
• Smoke grenades
Other names for zinc chloride:
• Butter of zinc
• Zinc dichloride
• Zinci chloridum
• Zinc (II) chloride