After keeping track of everything that she touched for more than a year, she sought help from an Ohio State University contact dermatitis clinic. Eventually, she solved the mystery: the baby wipes that she used on her kids were destroying her hands. Now she only uses water to cleanse them.
The problem chemical is a preservative used in both baby wipes and pre-moistened toilet wipes for adults. It’s called methylisothiazolinone. Wipe-makers are searching for a replacement, since there could be millions of people affected by allergies.
Test wipes before use on a less sensitive part of your body that’s acceptable to scratch in public: say, your forearm or the back of your hand. If you develop an allergy after use, stop using any products that you suspect might be causing the problem for at least a month, since it can take that long for a rash to clear up.