Have you seen the Corona TV ad in which a woman, irritated that her beach companion has been staring at a bikini-clad blonde, squirts him with the lime sitting atop his beer?
Well, according to a dermatology journal out yesterday, he may have been in for worse than a surprise: a nasty skin reaction that one doctor is calling “Mexican beer dermatitis.”
Dr. Scott Flugman, of Huntington Hospital in New York, reports in the Archives of Dermatology that a substance in lime juice, if left on the skin in the sun, can cause the skin to become discolored, as if stung by jellyfish or poison ivy. And the marks can last for months.
Most cases aren’t severe and won’t leave a scar. “It’s just a cosmetic issue,” said Flugman. But he added that the skin reaction may take an emotional toll.
“People are worried it’s something serious. You might have some brown spots you’re looking at for a few months,” particularly in olive-skinned Caucasians.
The link between sunburns and skin cancer may also worry people, but no one has shown any specific tie between this kind of dermatitis and cancer, Flugman said.