Skin Irritation and Rashes from Moist Wipes

Moist WipeDo you use commercial wipes for your child’s face and hands?

Do you use moist toilet paper or have special wipes on hand in the bathroom?

New solutions sometimes bring new problems.

The ingredients in some wet wipes and moist toilet tissue can cause skin irritation. These rashes are difficult to treat unless parents remove the trigger. Check the label.

The chemicals names of the offending preservatives are:



If you use moist wipes, tissues or toilet paper, look for products without these ingredients. Better yet, go without. Use plain tissues, toilet paper and reuse cloth washcloths. Despite being marketed as “flushable” these products can clog plumbing in your home and at wastewater treatment sites. Read more here.

Read the full JAMA Dermatology research paper about wipes here.

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit
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