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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2007 February;142(1):25-8

Copyright © 2007 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

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


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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.

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