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GIORNALE ITALIANO DI DERMATOLOGIA E VENEREOLOGIA
A Journal on Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Official Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 1,014
Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2007 February;142(1):25-8
Methacrylate allergy in a beautician
Schulze I. S., Gruner M., Wollina U.
Department of Dermatology Hospital Dresden-Friedrichstadt Academic Teaching Hospital of the Technical University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Methacrylate allergies are more common among dental personal and nail technicians. Beauticians who do not use artificial nails nor provide this service for their customers usually do not belong to a risk group. Here we report on a 43-year-old beautician presenting with lid eczema related to the use of a face mask. In the present case there was a strong positive patch test reaction to EGDMA, HEMA and HPMA. We suspect that the patients was sensitized due to methacrylic monomers in a temporary restoration material, but relapsed by exposure to acrylic residues in a facial mask preparation. Although (meth)acrylates are commonly used in cosmetics sensitisation is rather rare, but nevertheless may be responsible for allergic contact dermatitis in single patients.