This patient information on Ethyl Acrylate is provided by John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. a board certified Dermatologist and skin care specialist based in Orlando, Florida. This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or treatment of a dermatologist or other physician.

The results from your patch testing showed a positive reaction (contact allergy) to Ethyl acrylate. Your immune system reacts with its defense mechanisms with each exposure of Ethyl acrylate to your skin. It is unknown why certain individuals develop allergic sensitivities. In some it may take repeat exposures over long periods of time before an allergy develops. Once you have become sensitized (allergic) your immune system always “remembers” and you will be ethyl acrylate sensitive. If you currently have eczema this chemical may be the cause but other factors may play a role as well. The information below will help you avoid this allergen.

This is a basic chemical used in compounding perfumes. This may also cause rubber contact sensitivity.

Where is chemical found?

Aircraft and automobile industry
Leather finish resins
Nail treatments
Paper and textile coating
Tissue glues

Hints on avoiding chemical:

Choose products listed only on your personalized Contact Allergen Database, which has been provided to you. Products listed on your contact allergen resource database will be free of Ethyl Acrylate and safe to use.
Please be aware that if your spouse or significant other uses topical skin care products that contain this chemical skin-to-skin transfer may occur to you.
It may take 2 to 3 weeks of avoiding exposure before improvement of your eruption begins.

Other names you may see this chemical listed:

Ethyl ester of acrylic
Ethyl proppenoate

Occupational Exposures

Textile mill workers
Printing and publishing workers
Chemical Workers
Rubber worker

© John “Lucky” Meisenheimer, M.D.  2019