Journal article

The rising trend in allergic contact dermatitis to acrylic nail products

Quynh Le, Jennifer Cahill, Amanda Palmer-Le, Rosemary Nixon

Australasian Journal of Dermatology | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015

Abstract

Shellac is a newly available type of long-wearing nail polish, which is becoming increasingly popular. We describe four cases of allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) to acrylates found in Shellac nail products, involving three beauticians and one consumer who purchased the product over the internet. Increasing use of these new acrylic nail products means that dermatologists need to be aware of the possibility of ACD occurring. Testing with hydroxyethyl methacrylate alone, which is included in the Australian Baseline Series, is adequate for screening for acrylate allergy.