Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde-known as Lyral (R): quantitative aspects and risk assessment of an important fragrance allergen

JD Johansen, PJ Frosch, Cecilia Svedman, KE Andersen, Magnus Bruze, C Pirker, T Menne

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Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, also known as Lyral(R), is a fragrance ingredient identified as the cause of contact allergic reactions in 2-3% of eczema patients undergoing patch testing. Lyral(R) has been included in the standard patch test series in many clinics due to its importance as an allergen. It has been used without restrictions in cosmetic products, until now. In the present study, the dose-response relationship of Lyral(R) contact allergy was studied with doses relevant for normal exposure in cosmetic products. 18 eczema patients, who previously had given a positive patch test to Lyral(R) 5% petrolatum, were included along with 7 control subjects. All cases were tested with a serial dilution of Lyral(R) in ethanol 6% to 6 p.p.m and subjected to a 2-week, repeated open application test with a low dose of Lyral(R) in ethanol. In the case of no reaction, this was followed by another 2 weeks of testing with a higher dose. The test was performed at the volar aspect of the forearm. In 16 of 18 cases (89%), a positive use test developed, 11 reacting to the low and 5 to the high concentration. None reacted to the vehicle control of ethanol applied to the contralateral arm. All controls were negative to both the test solutions of Lyral(R) and the ethanol control. The difference between the test and the control group was statistically significant (Fisher's test, P < 0.001). It is concluded that Lyral(R) at the current usage levels is inducing sensitization in the community. The same levels were shown to elicit allergic contact dermatitis in almost all sensitized individuals. A significant reduction in usage concentrations is recommended to prevent contact allergic reactions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-316
JournalContact Dermatitis
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Dermatology and Venereal Diseases


  • sensitization
  • risk assessment
  • prevention
  • Lyral (R)
  • carboxaldehyde
  • hydroxyisohexyl-3-cyclohexene
  • fragrance
  • cosmetics
  • elicitation


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