Methyl methacrylate

This patient information on Methyl methacrylate 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 Methyl methacrylate. Your immune system reacts with its defense mechanisms with each exposure of Methyl metharylate 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 Methyl methacrylate 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.

Methylacrylate compounds are numerous and used in a wide range of products.

Where is chemical found?

Additive to concrete
Additive to lubricant
Artificial joints
Artificial rubber
Filling in teeth
Hair spray
Heart valve
Leather finishes
Man-made fibers
Nail polish
Oil additives
Plastic foam
Soil improver
Textile size
Water purification

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
Methyl Methacrylate 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:

Acrylate monomer
Acrylate plastic
Acrylate resin
Methyl methacrylate

Possible Occupational Exposure:

Textile Mill workers
Chemical workers

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