What is it?
Methyl Methacrylate is a plastic compound (monomer) found in cosmetics and in medical, dental, and industrial settings.

How can I avoid it?
Avoidance of the monomer (unreacted chemical) is necessary to prevent recurrent allergic contact dermatitis. The full polymerized (reacted) monomer is no longer a sensitizer. There is often residual free monomer available, particularly with self-curing rather than heat-cured or ultraviolet light-cured preparations. Cross-sensitization occurs among acrylic monomers, which makes switching from one monomer to another often unsuccessful in avoiding allergic contact dermatitis. Rubber gloves do not prevent penetration of acrylate monomers.

  • Concrete impregnation
  • Contact lens
  • Cosmetics (artificial sculptured nails, nail extenders)
  • Dental (dentures, fillings, coatings, crowns, sealants)
  • Industrial (adhesives, sealants, printing plates, inks, paints, coating glass, rubber, leather and textiles)
  • Leather goods (belts, handbags, shoes, watch bands)
  • Medical (adhesive tape, hearing aids, surgical protheses, bone cement)
Other names for Methyl Methacrylate:
  • 2 Methyl-2 propanoic acid ester
  • 2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-,ethyl ester
  • Acrylate monomer
  • Acrylate plastic
  • Acrylate resin
  • Acrylic acid ethyl ester
  • Ethyl-2-propanoic acid, ethyl ester
  • Methacrylic acid methyl ester
  • Methyl 2-methylpropenoate
  • MMA
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substance:
  • Butyl methacrylate
  • Ethyl methacrylate
  • Other methacylates

How safe is it?

Hang tight. We're thinking.