Isopropyl Myristate is used as an emollient in cosmetic and topical preparations when good absorption through the skin is desired.
How can I avoid it?
Skin contact with Isopropyl Myristate is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing Isopropyl Myristate should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the US for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is no information, ask your pharmacist or call the company directly. At work, request a material safety data sheet (MSDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.
Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
Antiperspirants / Deodorants
Hair sprays, gels, tonics and lotions
Soaps / Cleansers
Shampoos / Conditioners
Nail Polish Remover
Powders / Sprays
Topical medications, possibly including tar products
Emulsifier and emollient / lubricant in topical OTC and prescription medications