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By Chester M. Sidell, J. Gordon Erickson and Jack E. McCleary


Clinical observations in 60 cases of folliculitis or pronounced activation of acne in patients taking cobalt led to conclusion that the development or aggravation of the dermal lesions were owing to ingestion of the metal. The dermal manifestations abated when use of cobalt was discontinued. Active acne is considered a contraindication to the use of vitamin-iron-mineral supplements containing cobalt

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