An ACRYLATE is a salt or ester (ester is a type of alcohol) of acrylic acid.
Acrylates are usually found in the form of adhesives in nail + eyelash products. They are linked to allergies, cancer, developmental issues, neurological damage, cellular damage, reproductive toxicity + organ system toxicity.
The Food and Drug Administration banned 100% liquid methyl methacrylate, but there is no prohibition on using concentrations under 100% in cosmetic products. 32 U.S. states ban the use of methyl methacrylate in nail products and salons. The Australian government has scheduled acrylates in the The Poisons Standard (the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons). Canada has prohibited and restricted use in cosmetics on its “Hotlist.” The New Zealand Cosmetic Products Group Standard also bans the use in cosmetics and personal care. Furthermore, the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) Standards have disallowed the use of most of these toxic chemicals.