Not An Allergen.
This is a bit of a tricky one. Paper, as itself, is not on published lists of common allergens. But, most of the paper that we use is treated with multiple allergens that can be real issues for those with contact dermatitis who have patch tested positive for them. Printing paper, stationary, toilet and tissue papers, notebook paper…most are at least bleached with chlorine, which is an irritant. Colored specialty papers would have dyes as added allergens. Brown Manila paper envelopes and corrugated shipping boxes might be treated with preservatives, even if they’re not bleached. Paper that’s completely untreated, like homemade paper — the result of bits of paper or pulp soaked in water, then blended into a slurry and dried — should lower the risk of common reactions. The more untreated the raw material (not using scraps of brightly-dyed paper, for example), the better.
If you have a history of sensitive skin, don’t guess: random trial and error can cause more damage. Ask your dermatologist about a patch test.
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On the prevalence of skin allergies, see Skin Allergies Are More Common Than Ever and One In Four Is Allergic to Common Skin Care And Cosmetic Ingredients.
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Regularly published reports on the most common allergens by the North American Contact Dermatitis Group and European Surveillance System on Contact Allergies (based on over 28,000 patch test results, combined), plus other studies. Remember, we are all individuals — just because an ingredient is not on the most common allergen lists does not mean you cannot be sensitive to it, or that it will not become an allergen. These references, being based on so many patch test results, are a good basis but it is always best to get a patch test yourself.
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