Derived from acrylic acid, acrylates are found in artificial nail products (such as acrylic and gel nails, and gel polishes), and in cosmetic adhesives that hold false nails and eyelashes in place. Exposure to acrylates most often occurs through vapour inhalation (now you know why your nail technician wears a mask!), but topical exposure can also be hazardous as harmful amounts can be absorbed through our skin. Specific links have been made between ethyl methacrylate and methyl methacrylate and foetal malformations, so avoiding false nails, false eyelashes, and checking your nail polish ingredients when TTC and during pregnancy is a must.
Ethyl acrylate can also irritate the skin and eyes, and if inhaled can be harmful to the gastrointestinal tract and respiratory system; and methyl methacrylate inhalation has additionally been associated with lung disease.
Also known as: acrylate, ethyl acrylate, ethyl methacrylate, methyl methacrylate.