Polyester Resins

  • Claire Higgins
  • Jennifer Cahill
  • Riita Jolanki
  • Rosemary NixonEmail author
Reference work entry


Polyester resins are one of the largest classes of synthetic resins and are used extensively in the reinforced plastics industry, in water-based paints, powder coatings, lacquers, automotive cements, and glues. Allergic contact dermatitis from polyester resins is rare. When allergic contact dermatitis does occur, it is more often from ancillary components of the resin system, such as accelerators, catalysts, and inhibitors, than the resins themselves. The small amount of allergic contact dermatitis that does occur from polyester resins is mostly due to unsaturated polyester resins and extremely rarely from saturated polyester resins. Occasionally, allergic contact dermatitis may occur from monomers liberated from the hardened resin or its dust. Irritant contact dermatitis from polyester resin systems occurs more frequently than allergic contact dermatitis. Irritant contact dermatitis and chemical burns may occur from additives such as organic peroxides, styrene, and acetone. Contact urticaria is well known to occur from acid anhydrides.


Polyester resin Unsaturated polyester Saturated polyester Alkyd Catalyst Inhibitor Cross linker Hardener Plasticizer Powder Anhydride Cobalt Organic peroxide Benzoyl peroxide Phthalic acid Styrene Triglycidyl isocyanurate Para-tertiary butyl catechol occupational Allergic contact dermatitis Contact allergy Sensitization Irritant contact dermatitis Contact urticaria Patch test Airborne 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire Higgins
    • 1
  • Jennifer Cahill
    • 1
  • Riita Jolanki
    • 2
  • Rosemary Nixon
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Occupational Dermatology Research and Education CentreSkin and Cancer FoundationMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Section of Dermatology/Control of Hypersensitivity DiseasesFinnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH)HelsinkiFinland

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