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Allergic contact dermatitis caused by wet wipes containing steareth-10: Is stearyl alcohol to blame? 
Aerts, O; Naessens, T; Dandelooy, J; Leysen, J; Lambert, J; Apers, S 
Contact Dermatitis
ISSN: 0105-1873
EISSN: 1600-0536 
Steareths, such as steareth-10 (CAS no. 9005-00-9/13149-86-5), are emulsifiers that are apparently associated with a low risk of sensitization. They are prepared by the chemical reaction of ethylene oxide with stearyl alcohol, and the numerical suffix indicates the average number of ethylene oxide units used. We here report a rare case of allergic contact dermatitis caused by steareth-10 present in makeup-removing wet wipes, and we discuss the residual presence of stearyl alcohol in these wipes as a potential culprit. 
CAS no. 9005-00-9/13149-86-5; PPG-15 stearyl ether; case report; cetostearyl alcohol; cosmetics; fatty alcohols; gas chromatography-mass spectrometry; impurities; steareths; stearyl alcohol; wet wipes 
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